Ham Cups with Mac n’ Cheese

You’ll Need

  • 8 oz macaroni or other small pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cups aged-cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 12 regular slices deli ham (or 6 large)
  • ¼ cup panko or traditional breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp butter

Prep and Cook

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. One minute before the pasta is done, add the peas. Drain well and return to the pot.
  • Meanwhile, shred the cheese using a grater. While the pasta cooks, combine the cheese, milk, flour, mustard, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Add the cheese sauce to the pasta and mix it in, cooking the pasta over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is creamy, smooth and thick.
  • Lightly grease a muffin tin and press the ham slices into the muffin cups. Fill each with a few spoonfuls of the mac and cheese. Divide the panko evenly between the ‘muffins’ and top with a dot of butter.
  • Bake for 15–20 minutes or until the panko is golden brown and the edges of the ham cup are crisp.


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