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Hearty Mac and Cheese

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 17 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (8-ounce) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

How to Make It

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.

  2. Sauté ham and onion in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 5 minutes; stir in peas and next 3 ingredients. Set aside.

  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat.

  4. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in cooked pasta and ham mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Serve immediately.