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.)

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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a 4- to 6-quart pan, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in cooked macaroni. Ladle into bowls. Top with ham.

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Nutrition Facts

448 calories; 20 g total fat; 75 mg cholesterol; 1407 mg sodium. 43 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein;

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