Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
6 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups)

Serve this creamy dish with a tossed green salad or a fruit salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot. Add pasta; cook 5 minutes. Add broccoli; cook an additional 5 minutes or until pasta is done; drain.

Step 2

While pasta cooks, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a medium saucepan; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat 8 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring frequently.

Step 3

Remove from heat; stir in cheese and next 4 ingredients (cheese through pepper). Combine pasta mixture, cheese sauce, and ham.

Ratings & Reviews


April 17, 2015
I followed this recipe exactly with the (major) exception of skipping the packaged Velveeta and making my own. I hate buying that stuff, using 1/4 of the block, then throwing the rest away. Plus, it taste's so fake to me!  Anyway, I used the recipe below, but only made 1/4 of a recipe. Luckily the math worked out nicely. I just omitted the "cheese melting" steps above, including the flour milk and Velveeta. SO DELICIOUS!!

Alknutson8's Review

May 11, 2013

veryslowcook's Review

September 09, 2012
Enjoyable, cheesy dish. It felt indulgent. I used 2/3 pre-sliced velveeta and 1/3 reduced fat sharp cheddar. The milk & flour mixture took quite a bit more than 8 min to thicken. Would be good with mushrooms too.

LDooner's Review

January 31, 2012
Kids loved it! They don't like dijon so used dried mustard and also used shredded cheese as we are not velveeta users.

amr0423's Review

April 13, 2011
One of our favorite recipes. Easy to make and delicious. Great comfort food.

mattrach518's Review

January 27, 2011
Super easy and good. Very kid friendly. I used fresh broccoli instead of frozen.

vanessarush's Review

November 09, 2009
I made this with whole-wheat pasta and fresh broccoli -- it was fine but too salty! I would make again but without adding salt. The ham, cheese and salt just put it over the top. I also sauteed the ham to brown it a little, but that's just a personal preference.

Sloansmom901's Review

November 02, 2009
I me this tonight and everybody liked it. To avoid haveing too much "artificial cheese" flavoe, I used 3 oz velveeta 2% and 3 oz grated sharp cheddar. I also used dried mustard instead of dijon.