Baked Macaroni Cheese with Ham

Baked Macaroni Cheese with Ham


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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.


Serves: 6 

  • 225g macaroni pasta
  • 75g butter
  • 5 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 litre warm milk (45 degrees C)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 115g cubed ham
  • 280g Cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 140g mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • paprika to taste

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Extra time:20min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 23x33cm or similar sized baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then whisk in warm milk a little at a time to make a white sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Mix in salt, pepper and cayenne and stir frequently until sauce thickens.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in Cheddar, mozzarella and ham. Combine pasta with sauce and stir well. Pour into baking dish. Use paprika to make a decorative pattern on top. Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until top is the desired crispiness. Let rest 20 minutes before serving.

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