Mac and Cheese with Ham and Broccoli

DifficultyAdvanced

A childhood favorite, and an excellent one-pot meal that provides a protein-punch, a good dose of bone-building calcium, and whole grain and veggies for the fiber and nutrients! Plus, bonus - leftovers for later in the week!

Yields16 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr 15 mins
  cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs
 2 tbsp Olive Oil
 4 oz Ham
 16 oz Whole Wheat Macaroni Noodles
 3 ½ cups Milk
 6 tbsp Flour
 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
 2 cups Ricotta Cheese
 1 ½ cups Broccoli Florets
1

Preheat oven to 400*F and spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2

In a small bowl, toss together bread crumbs and oil.

3

Dice ham into bite size pieces.

4

Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted boiling water for about 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain in a colander.

5

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, heat 3 cups of the milk to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining milk and the flour until smooth. Whisk flour mixture into hot milk in saucepan and continue to simmer, stirring until mixture is thickened.

6

Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cheeses. Add macaroni to cheese mixture, stirring to coat. Stir in ham and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper.

7

Transfer macaroni to prepared baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumb mixture.

8

Bake for 30 minutes or until bread crumb topping is lightly browned. Serve Immediately.

Ingredients

  cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs
 2 tbsp Olive Oil
 4 oz Ham
 16 oz Whole Wheat Macaroni Noodles
 3 ½ cups Milk
 6 tbsp Flour
 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
 2 cups Ricotta Cheese
 1 ½ cups Broccoli Florets

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 400*F and spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2

In a small bowl, toss together bread crumbs and oil.

3

Dice ham into bite size pieces.

4

Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted boiling water for about 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain in a colander.

5

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, heat 3 cups of the milk to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining milk and the flour until smooth. Whisk flour mixture into hot milk in saucepan and continue to simmer, stirring until mixture is thickened.

6

Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cheeses. Add macaroni to cheese mixture, stirring to coat. Stir in ham and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper.

7

Transfer macaroni to prepared baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumb mixture.

8

Bake for 30 minutes or until bread crumb topping is lightly browned. Serve Immediately.

Mac and Cheese with Ham and Broccoli