Macaroni and Cheese Chowder with Crispy Ham
In a 4- to 6-quart pan, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.Advertisement
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.