Macaroni and Cheese Chowder with Crispy Ham | Midwest Living

Macaroni and Cheese Chowder with Crispy Ham

Macaroni and Cheese Chowder with Crispy Ham

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Yield: 8 cups
  • Hands On 40 mins
  • Total Time 40 mins

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A splash of hot sauce, a topper of pan-fried ham and a just-right secret ingredient for ultrasmooth creaminess. (Guilty pleasure, thy name is American cheese.)


  • 1 1/2 cups dried elbow macaroni (6 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces ham steak, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 8 ounces American cheese (12 slices)


  1. In a 4- to 6-quart pan, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, melt butter. Add ham and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned and slightly crisp. Remove from pan with slotted spoon; set aside on paper towel.
  3. Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic to hot pan. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in mustard, flour and cayenne pepper. Add broth and milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook 2 minutes more.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in cooked macaroni. Ladle into bowls. Top with ham.


Nutrition Facts

(Macaroni and Cheese Chowder with Crispy Ham)

Servings Per Recipe 6, iron (mg) 2, calcium (mg) 592, Potassium (mg) 598, sodium (mg) 1407, Riboflavin (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 11, Thiamin (mg) 1, chol. (mg) 75, vit. C (mg) 5, Fat, total (g) 20, vit. A (IU) 4188, cal. (kcal) 448, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, Folate (µg) 110, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Monounsaturated fat (g) 6, Niacin (mg) 5, carb. (g) 43, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, pro. (g) 24, sugar (g) 10, fiber (g) 3, Trans fatty acid (g) 1

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