Baked Macaroni with Ham & Cheese
Courtesy of Alice Mae Macdonald
- 1/2 lb short tubular macaroni
- 6 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 lb Cooked Johnston’s Ham sliced ¼-inch thick
- Bring water to a boil for pasta in pot. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter casserole dish.
- Salt water and add macaroni to rapidly boiling water and cook until slightly tender, 7-8 minutes. Pasta will cook further in the oven, so it should be slightly underdone.
- In saucepan, heat 4 tablespoons of butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes, stirring until bubbly. Remove pan from heat and vigorously stir in milk to blend well. Return pan to heat and stir and cook until sauce in thickened.
- Add 3 tablespoons of grated cheese and stir until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Cut ham slices into ¼-inch cubes. Drain macaroni. Return macaroni to pot and toss with cream sauce and ham.
- Arrange layer of macaroni in casserole; cover with generous dusting of paprika and layer of the shredded cheese. Continue layering until all are used, ending with cheese layer, about three layers deep.
- Dot top with remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until bubbling.