Macaroni, Ham and Cheese

As a Mom, the major struggle I face everyday is dinner time. I know that sounds weird, but dinner time has become a very big pain for me because everything must be “Made to Order.”

An example of this is a breakdown of my family:

Husband – will eat everything but mushrooms and black olives (super easy to deal with),

 Me – will eat just about everything but anchovies and anything heavy with ginger (again, super easy),

Daughter – will eat everything but fish, rice, steak, bits of onion and garlic, and sweet tasting bread (getting a little tougher but not impossible),

Son –  will only eat hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, cheese raviolis and egg sandwiches. Every now and then he will stop liking one of his favorite items so I will have cooked it for nothing as he will ask for a bowl of cereal for dinner. Ugh!?!

When I do find a recipe my son likes, I do a happy dance and make it once a week. I feel I have done well when I don’t haul out a bowl of cereal for any of the children during dinner.

Below is a recipe for Mac and Cheese with cut-up ham steaks to add a little heartiness for my husband. You can always make it without the meat and it is still super tasty.

Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to share your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.

Macaroni, Ham and Cheese

Ingredients:

1 (10.75 oz) can Health Request Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

1/2 cup fat-free milk

1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

Dash of ground pepper

3 cups elbow pasta, cooked and drained (approx. 1 1/2 dry pasta)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

3 small ham steaks

Directions:

1. Heat up ham steaks in pan then cup them up and set asideUncooked Mac, Ham and Cheese

2. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Stir the soup, milk, mustard, pepper, pasta, 1 1/2 cup cheese, and cut-up ham steak  in a 1.6 liter casserole dish. Should look like the pic on the right.

3. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

4. Stir the mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 1 minute to melt the final cheese.

A pic of the finished product is below:

Mac, Ham and Cheese

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