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.)

Source: Midwest Living


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

  • 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.


Nutrition Facts

448 calories; 20 g total fat; 11 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat; 75 mg cholesterol; 1407 mg sodium. 598 mg potassium; 43 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 24 g protein; 1 g trans fatty acid; 4188 IU vitamin a; 5 mg vitamin c; 1 mg thiamin; 1 mg riboflavin; 5 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 110 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 592 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;