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Monday, January 12, 2009

Baked Mac&Cheese with Ham & Brocolli

From Baked Mac&Cheese with Ham & Broccoli
The ham I used in this baked mac&cheese was leftover from New Year's Eve supper. In this part of the USA, we do not really celebrate NY. But the great contrast in comparison with Philippines where NY is celebrated with big bang (and also greeted with gunshots and sirens of fire trucks or ambulance), along with a bountiful table to invite prosperity to one's home, made me want to prepare a
From Christmas
small special supper, which consisted of roasted ham, black eyed peas sautee, and rice and potatoes. With this small "feast" we still ended up with lots of leftovers (what can you expect with 4 eaters?). Over the next days I ate the black eyed peas which I cooked like how I would mung beans (munggo guisado), and so was getting better and better the longer it sat in the fridge.

But the ham remained for some time in the fridge...waiting to be re-invigorated.

From Ham & Onion Omelet
One of the ways I cooked the ham was as omelet, with chopped onions as its companion.My sons loved this.

Another way I cooked ham leftover was to add
From fried rice with ham cubes
it to fried rice along with frozen veggies (carrots and peas). Actually, my older son was the one who cooked this.

I had lots of cheese leftover too, from having eaten chili, plus I always have Velveeta and parmesan cheese in the fridge. And so, I looked for recipes for homemade baked mac&cheese (since my husband is so fond of boxed mac&cheese, I figured he would love the homebaked more). I found one video showing how to cook it, and the cook also used leftover ham and some New England cheeses (Cabot brand).

I just added the broccoli leftover also (from that post on porterhouse steaks). As I expected, it was a hit with my hubby, as well as the kids (well, even stepd is a big fan of mac&cheese).


6 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
1&3/4 cup half and half cream
1&1/4 cup shredded cheese
1&1/4 cup Velveeta cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
3 cups diced ham
5 cups cooked macaroni
1 cup bread crumbs divided in two


Cook macaroni per package directions and drain.
Cook the rest of the ingredients as instructed in the slide show. Stirring CONSTANTLY is the key to avoiding making lumps.
Transfer to baking dish and bake at 350 deg F for 20 minutes.

This post is an entry to LaPiS with the theme Leftover.


  1. that's a very yummy idea! naku i watched last night that mac and cheese challenge! pwede ka na!hehe!:)

  2. hi manang, me tanong lng ako me alam k ba na idea kung ano gagawin sa left over na hickory ham? dami kc leftover nun pasko nakafreeze lng.ako lng nman kumakain kc asawa ko pihikan sa pagkain...thanks

  3. Hi Ellen, You can make hickory ham into the same things as I did with this bone-in homegrown ham. You can also make a stack of tortilla with cubed or sliced Hickory ham.

  4. I love that fried rice with ham bits! :) Sabi nga, kanin na, ulam pa :D

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Hope you can join our lunchbox meme, this is the link:

  5. Hello Manang, Belated Happy New Year!! Kumusta ka na? (^0^)

    the mighty left-over ham, madaming pwedeng paggamitan talaga ano? type ko combi nya w/ broccoli in cheese mac...kakagising ko lang nagugutom na 2loy ako.

    salamat sa visit ha =)

  6. Manang, it is so cool how one ulam can be reinvented in so many ways. Your Mac and Cheese looks really good. Ces is right, pwede ka na sa mga contest! If it taste as good as it looks then I am sure winner ka na!

  7. Haven't tried making mac&cheese from scratch before...thanks for sharing the recipe! Your "finished product" looks absolutely delish!

  8. thanks for those ideas... the tortilla ham looks yummy. im going to try making it as soon as i get tortillas. hehe...

  9. hmmmnn... this is a true comfort meal. looks yummy and cheesy! that's how i like my mac and cheese! :o)

  10. wow great make over :))

    Salamat sa pagbisita :)

  11. your site is very informative...i love your recipes..thanks for sharing..

  12. hi,

    i just visited ur site recently and would like to ask about this baked mac and cheese, if i cud use microwave oven as a substitute for a real oven? as i don't have an oven in our flat.

    thanks, rhoda

  13. i love your site! photos are so yummy and makes me miss the philippines. thanks for people like you who help us living abroad cooking easier!! as i do love cooking!

    thanks ulet, rhoda

  14. Hi rhoda!
    Welcome to my site!
    Actually, the oven part of this is just to toast and brown the crumbs a bit (everything can be cooked on the stovetop anyway). If you will microwave, it does not really create that effect. Maybe you ca leave out some of the cheese as topping so that when you microwave in a round glass pan, the chees will melt on top (kinda more for aesthetic effect than the taste cheese contributes).


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