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Video:Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham

with Heidi Dehncke-Fisher

Are you a lover of macaroni and cheese? Try combining traditional baked macaroni and cheese with ham to experience comfort food at its best.See Transcript

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Transcript:Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham

Hi, I'm Heidi Dehncke-Fisher and welcome to About.com Food.

Macaroni and Cheese Origins

Food historians credit the ancient Greeks and Romans for coming up with the idea of combining macaroni with cheese. And even though it is possible to find ancient recipes for making pasta we don't really have a record for macaroni and cheese until 1769.

Reinventing Macaroni and Cheese

Okay you've recently made a big ham dinner and now there are leftovers to contend with. What do you do to spice up a meal that you've had 2 or 3 times already? You reinvent it. Today I am making baked macaroni and cheese with leftover ham.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients

To make my baked macaroni and cheese with ham you will need:
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsps. flour
  • 1 3/4 cups of half and half
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (you can use less cheese if desired)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups of diced ham
  • 5 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 cup bread crumbs - half for the inside crunch and half for a topping
  • 1/4 cup scallions, diced
  • pepper to taste

Combine Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients

Using a large saucepan melt the butter and add the flour – stir and gradually stir in your half and half making sure to keep stirring as the entire mixture thickens.

Pour in your cooked macaroni. Add your shredded cheese and your Parmesan to the mixture - now you can add half the bread crumbs and scallions, and add the cubes of ham.

Stir well and pour into a well greased casserole or baking dish. This does look good though, doesn't it?

Bake the Macaroni and Cheese

I'm just going to put the last of the bread crumbs on the top for a nice crunchy top layer. Bake at 350 degrees about 20 minutes or until the top is crisp. Mmmm - that looks delicious!

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