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Ham and Cheese Macaroni Bake with Peas

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Katie Stoddard
Prep time 43 mins
Yield

8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Mac 'n' cheese gets a main dish makeover with the addition of chopped ham and frozen peas. Add a green salad to round out your meal and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked medium elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped lean ham
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extrasharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 (1-ounce) slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 470
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 15.1 g
  • satfat 8.5 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 27 g
  • carbohydrate 56.1 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • cholesterol 54 mg
  • iron 2.8 mg
  • sodium 771 mg
  • calcium 393 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Cook pasta in boiling water 6 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Combine pasta, ham, and peas in a large bowl.

  3. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add milk; bring to simmer. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses, salt, and peppers. Pour cheese mixture over pasta mixture; stir to coat. Spoon pasta mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

  4. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1 1/4 cups. Combine breadcrumbs and butter in a bowl. Arrange breadcrumb mixture evenly over pasta mixture. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.