Dinner Mac and Cheese

Dinner Mac and Cheese Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Amy Burke

Yield:

Makes 8 servings

Total time: 1 Hours

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hours

Ingredients

1 (16-oz.) package uncooked cellentani (corkscrew) pasta
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (10-oz.) block sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped cooked ham
2 cups coarsely chopped assorted roasted vegetables
1 1/4 cups crushed round buttery crackers
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Prepare cellentani pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, melt 3 Tbsp. butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Whisk in 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese and next 3 ingredients until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in ham, vegetables, and hot cooked pasta.

3. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Stir together crushed cracker crumbs and 2 Tbsp. melted butter; sprinkle over pasta mixture.

4. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

November 2011
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