This recipe is classic comfort food: a creamy, homemade macaroni and cheese, that’s been taken to the next level with a little ham and roasted broccoli.
Hi there, Kenarry readers! I’m Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen, and I’m back for another yummy edition of Ideas for the Kitchen, a blog series where Carrie and I swap recipes once a month. For April, Carrie and I decided to trade recipes for one of our favorite types of cuisine: pasta! 🙂 My pasta recipe is classic comfort food: a creamy, homemade macaroni and cheese that’s been taken to the next level with a little ham and roasted broccoli.
If you’re looking for Carrie, you can find her over on my blog today where she’s sharing her recipe for Chicken Rigatoni with Bleu Cheese, Bacon and Pears.
A Comforting Pasta Dish
I’m a pasta lover, and I’m pretty sure I’ve been one for most of my life. I love just about every kind of noodle that’s out there and I get overly excited anytime I spot a new shape when I’m at the store.
How to Make Macaroni and Cheese with Ham
While I adore nearly every type of pasta there is, sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. Macaroni and Cheese is just so comforting, and it’s also so much fun to dress up. 😉
If you’re not into ham and broccoli and prefer your mac and cheese plain, you can totally leave those out. This recipe is an easy way to make homemade macaroni and cheese, even without any additions!
This recipe is a spinoff of another pasta recipe on my blog, Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese. For this recipe, I kept the roasted broccoli, but swapped the other veggies for ham, and added in some onions for flavor. If you’ve got some ham leftover from your Easter dinner, this would be an excellent way to use it up!
Add Some Panko Bread Crumbs
Sprinkle on a little panko at the end and broil it for a little extra crunch, and you have one comforting meal!
What to serve with Ham & Broccoli macaroni and cheese
The ham and broccoli make this a one-pan dinner. You don’t really need to serve any side dishes with it.
If you really want to, you can add a green side salad and maybe a bowl of fruit.
This also makes a really hearty lunch idea too.
So before I cut to the recipe, I need to know. Are you a pasta lover as well? What’s your favorite way to prepare pasta at home for you or your family? Share your ideas with us below, Carrie and I would love to hear them!
And be sure to check out these other Easy Dinner Ideas!
Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Broccoli
- 1 medium head broccoli chopped
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup Onion diced
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- 3 TB. Flour All-Purpose
- 1 1/2 cups Milk
- 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded
- 12 oz. Ham Cooked and Chopped
- 3 TB Panko Breadcrumbs
- Salt To Taste
- Pepper To Taste
- Meanwhile bring a medium pot of salted water to boil, and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add in minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute, then gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted and creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Carefully mix in macaroni, ham, and broccoli.
- Place mixture in a large baking dish and sprinkle panko over the top. Place under broiler and bake for 3-4 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
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Thank you so much to Carrie for having me over to visit! I’ll look forward to coming back next month with a new recipe to share with all of you.
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Originally published in April 2015. Updated April 2018.