Spicy Ham Macaroni and Cheese Bake

Spicy Ham Macaroni and Cheese Bake

Use up that tasty leftover ham in this flavorful twist on a comfort food classic. Serve with a side salad for a delicious, filling meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 lb dried macaroni
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tbs spicy mustard
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked ham, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar, grated
  • 1/4 cup parmesan, grated (Plus more for garnish)
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease a 3 quart baking dish.
  • Cook the pasta to al dente per package directions. Drain then set aside.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook garlic for about 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cook another minute. Whisk in milk, then let cook and thicken another 5 minutes. Whisk regularly to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom.
  • Add cayenne, mustard, tomatoes, ham, Parmesan, and all but 1/2 cup of the cheddar then stir until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove from heat, then stir cooked pasta into the sauce.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter and breadcrumbs. Transfer the pasta to the prepared baking dish, top with the breadcrumb mix, remaining cheese, and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm, topped with extra Parmesan, and enjoy!