Thursday, 27 March 2014

Cheesy ham & macaroni bake

It is a great meal served by itself or as a side dish to accompany chicken.

Serves 5

  • 250g macaroni
  • 50g butter
  • 4 Tbspn plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • 100g ham, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • spray oil

Step 1
Cook & drain macaroni according to packet instructions.  Set aside.   

Step 2
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add flour & salt & whisk until combined.  

Step 3
Pour in cream & 1 cup milk & bring to the boil.  Whisk until mixture thickens.

Step 4
Add cheese & remaining milk & whisk until cheese melts. Remove from heat.  

Step 5
In a large baking dish, combine macaroni, cheese sauce & ham.  Top with breadcrumbs.

Step 6
Cover & refrigerate until required.  To cook, preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.  Lightly spray top with oil & bake, uncovered for 40 mins or until golden.  If cooking immediately after preparing, reduce cooking time to 25 mins. 

Fridge, in airtight container for up to 3 days
- Freeze, in container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge & add a little milk before reheating in microwave.    

This recipe & many more can be found in my cookbook 'Food before 5'. 
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