Mac 'N Cheese with Ham and Peas
"Here's a terrific recipe for a cheesy, warm lunch. The recipe below makes a large batch that can be frozen into small, single serving containers. Just warm up for a quick and tasty lunch." Recipe submitted by Cheryl Tallman.
Classic Cheese Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Mac, Ham and Peas:
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped ham
3 cups dry elbow macaroni
- For Classic Cheese Sauce: In a saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and sauté for 2 minutes. Continue to stir and SLOWLY pour in the milk. Add the cheese. Continue to stir until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- For Mac, Ham and Peas: Prepare the peas and the macaroni according to the package directions.
- Drain the macaroni and peas in a colander and rinse with water.
- Return the macaroni and peas to the pan. Over low heat, add the ham and cheese sauce. Toss gently to completely coat the macaroni with sauce. Serve warm.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Cheryl Tallman, co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years.