We all like mac & cheese, don’t we? Well I do.
I have a couple of versions of it and the base of them all is a simple mac & cheese. Sometimes I add ham, mushrooms, cauliflower or blue cheese instead of regular. All depending on my mood.
Now mac & cheese is not the healthies of meals, but adding some vegetables makes it more so. In my humble opinion. As does using olive oil to make to sauce instead of the butter as I have been doing for years.
Today I’ll be sharing a recipe for mac & cheese with ham. I hope you’ll try it and get addicted to it as I am.
Mac & cheese with ham
Ingredients (serves 3)
- 250 g pasta
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 30 g all-purpose flour
- 600 ml milk
- 0.5 chicken stock cube
- Freshly ground pepper
- 250 g cubed ham
- 100 g cheese (+ extra for the crust)
- Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet (minus 2 minutes).
- Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add the ham.
- Pour the olive oil in the pan and heat it a bit.
- Off the stove, add the flour, whisk well and gradually add the milk, whisking very well after each bit you add. Don’t mind the lumps, they’ll disappear as you add more milk and stir well.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200°C.
- When you have added all the milk, put the stock cube in and return to the stove on a medium heat.
- Bring to the boil and let it bubble for three minutes, whisking all the time and add some pepper.
- Take the cooking pot off the stove, add the cheese and stir well.
- Pour the sauce in the bowl with pasta and ham. Stir well and transfer to an oven dish (or individual ones).
- Cover with the remaining cheese and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
- Serve with a side salad.