About this recipe: This pasta bake has comfort food written all over it! Macaroni is baked in a Cheddar and mozzarella cheese sauce with cubed ham. Enjoy during the cold winter months.
I took advice from other reviewers and made some changes. I used a quart of half & half (instead of milk). I added a tsp of ground mustard & tsp of worchesh sauce. I also added some onion. I kept with other ingredients (as well). I used extra sharp cheddar & peppercorn jack. I did not use the mozerella. I lightly brushed top with bread crumbs. Drizzled a little butter and topped with a little extra shredded cheddar. It was an amazing texture. Looked so & smelled so yummy! Unfortunately, it was ruined when I followed baking instructions. I thought 45 mins to an hour sounded a bit much, but followed instructions. What a mistake! I think it baked out the flavor along with the creamy texture. 20 min baking time, more realistic. If you want crunchy on top, broil for about 3 mins after 20 mins of baking. I might try making this again with major baking changes. Oh yeah, after cooking noodles to al dente (about 7 mins) make sure you rinse in luke warm/cold water to prevent further cooking of pasta. That's the secret to all pasta based casseroles! - 28 Apr 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I LOVE this recipe! I remember making mac n cheese from scratch when I was a lot younger and was looking for a recipe that would give me that great taste. This is it!!! I left out the ham, used 12 oz macaroni since there is a lot of sauce, and added a teaspoon each of ground mustard and worcestershire sauce for extra flavor. I also added some melted butter to bread crumbs and crumbled over the top for a nice crispiness. It was sooo GOOD!!! Thanx Allie!!!! - 22 Jun 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was terrific macaroni and cheese! Per RUBENETTE'S suggestion, I also left out the ham, used 12 oz macaroni, and added a teaspoon each of ground mustard and worcestershire sauce. I also added some bread crumbs over the top for a nice crispiness. I have now made it twice, once with shredded cheese, and once with cubed cheese, and I like the shredded cheese much better. - 16 Jan 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)