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Deluxe Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I've been cooking and baking for many years, but I've only recently begun creating my own recipes. By adding diced ham, tomatoes, several cheeses and a hint of Dijon mustard, I turned this super creamy mac and cheese into the ultimate comfort food. —Kathy Yarosh, Apopka, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni according to package directions. In a Dutch oven, whisk flour, milk and cream until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in cheeses until melted. Add tomatoes, ham, sour cream and mustard. Drain macaroni; add to cheese mixture and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and bread crumbs are lightly browned.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 441 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 734mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Angel182009
    Jan 13, 2018

    I've been searching a long time for the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe and this is it! I left out the ham and made a double batch so I can freeze half. It freezes great and the entire family loved this macaroni and cheese.

  • GirishKatta
    Jan 19, 2015

    good recipe

  • gucci65
    Jan 2, 2014

    Rich is what mac&cheese is all about. I always make macoroni and cheese with whole canned tomatoes. The ham , sour cream and the mustard really add another plus to mac& cheese. !Wonderful !!!!!!

  • SeranaJayne
    Nov 15, 2013

    It was vey good! The cheese is very rich, and the mustard gives it just the right flavor.