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Macaroni, Ham and Cheese Casserole

This recipe is a variation of the well loved “mac&cheese” with a chopped ham and a crispy, cheesy topping that the kids are sure to love.


  • 1.5 ltr. water
  • 1 tbs. salt
  • 230g elbow macaroni
  • 60g butter
  • 4 tbs. flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 230g cooked ham, diced
  • 200g grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbs. grated onion
  • 2 tbs. dried bread crumbs
  • 30g melted butter


  1. In a large pot, bring the water and the salt to a boil over a high heat. Pour in the macaroni into the boiling water and cook, uncovered briskly for about 20 minutes until the macaroni is tender. Drain the macaroni in a colander.
  2. Melt the butter over a moderate heat in a small saucepan. Add the flour and cook, stirring until the mixture foams and froths. Add the milk all at once and stir with a wire whisk until the sauce thickens into a smooth cream.Add the salt and cayenne, and simmer over a very low heat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the sauce into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the macaroni, diced ham, ¾ of the cheese and the grated onion.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180° C.
  5.  Lightly butter a casserole dish and spoon in the macaroni mixture and spread the breadcrumbs, mixed with the remaining cheese and melted butter evenly over the top.
  6.  Bake in the middle of the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the cheese and breadcrumb topping is lightly brown. Serves 4-6

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