Hearty Mac and Cheese

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Yield:

Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 17 Minutes

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

Preparation

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

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.

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.

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.

Note:

September 2005
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