Ham and Three Cheese Bake

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    A simple and plain ham and cheese bake that is ideal for children or as a simple side dish. The three cheeses are cheddar, mozzarella and tasty.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • 250g macaroni
    • 5 tablespoons butter
    • 5 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 litre warm milk (45 degrees C)
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • 150g cubed cheddar cheese
    • 150g mozzarella cheese, cubed
    • 150g tasty cheese, cubed
    • 125g cubed ham
    • 1 pinch paprika, to taste

    Directions
    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 20x30cm baking dish.
    2. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    3. In a medium saucepan melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Cook 1 to 2 minutes stirring constantly.
    4. Whisk warm milk into the roux a little at a time to make a white sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer. Mix in salt, pepper and cayenne then stir frequently until sauce thickens.
    5. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cheddar, mozzarella, tasty and ham.
    6. Combine pasta with sauce and stir well. Pour into baking dish. Use paprika to make a decorative pattern on top.
    7. Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until top is the desired crispiness. Let rest 20 minutes before serving.

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    I took advice from other reviewers and made some changes. I used a quart of half & half (instead of milk). I added a tsp of ground mustard & tsp of worchesh sauce. I also added some onion. I kept with other ingredients (as well). I used extra sharp cheddar & peppercorn jack. I did not use the mozerella. I lightly brushed top with bread crumbs. Drizzled a little butter and topped with a little extra shredded cheddar. It was an amazing texture. Looked so & smelled so yummy! Unfortunately, it was ruined when I followed baking instructions. I thought 45 mins to an hour sounded a bit much, but followed instructions. What a mistake! I think it baked out the flavor along with the creamy texture. 20 min baking time, more realistic. If you want crunchy on top, broil for about 3 mins after 20 mins of baking. I might try making this again with major baking changes. Oh yeah, after cooking noodles to al dente (about 7 mins) make sure you rinse in luke warm/cold water to prevent further cooking of pasta. That's the secret to all pasta based casseroles!  -  28 Apr 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    186

    I LOVE this recipe! I remember making mac n cheese from scratch when I was a lot younger and was looking for a recipe that would give me that great taste. This is it!!! I left out the ham, used 12 oz macaroni since there is a lot of sauce, and added a teaspoon each of ground mustard and worcestershire sauce for extra flavor. I also added some melted butter to bread crumbs and crumbled over the top for a nice crispiness. It was sooo GOOD!!! Thanx Allie!!!!  -  22 Jun 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    177

    This was terrific macaroni and cheese! Per RUBENETTE'S suggestion, I also left out the ham, used 12 oz macaroni, and added a teaspoon each of ground mustard and worcestershire sauce. I also added some bread crumbs over the top for a nice crispiness. I have now made it twice, once with shredded cheese, and once with cubed cheese, and I like the shredded cheese much better.  -  16 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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