Make Mini Mac and Cheese with Your Easter Leftovers

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Got leftovers? From Easter? Here is a great way to use up that Easter ham. Make mini size mac and cheese in a muffin tin. This recipe if from my new book Ciao Italia Family Classics.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Makes  12 – 14 servings

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
Three 12 ounce cans low fat evaporated milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Salt to taste
Grinding black pepper
1 pound cooked bow ties, elbow or rigatoni
3 cups grated Swiss, fontina or cheddar cheese
2 1/2 cups cooked ham, cubed
2 cups cooked broccoli florets cut into small pieces (optional)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour and whisk to make a smooth paste; do not let it brown. Over medium heat, slowly whisk in the milk and dry mustard. Continue whisking until the sauce begins to thicken enough to coat a spoon. Do not make the sauce too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in 2 cups of the cheese until the mixture is smooth. Turn off the heat. Stir in the macaroni, ham and broccoli and mix well. Season again if necessary.

Divide the mixture and fill a grease muffin tin (you may need two).

Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese evenly over the tops of each one. Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or just until the cheese forms a nice brown crust.

Mini Mac and Cheese

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Peabea's avatar

Peabea said on April 27, 2012

I just watched you make these and the different macaroni dishes today on TV. What a great idea your mom had with these individual servings. Will definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks so much.
patricia's avatar

patricia said on April 27, 2012

the individual macaroni dishes look supper. Cant wait to try them. My grandkids will love these. THANK YOU
Chellam's avatar

Chellam said on April 27, 2012

I don't particularly like mac and cheese but after watching Mary Ann's remake of her mom's mini mac and cheese, I will definitely try it...It looks delicious...Thanks Mary Ann....
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Tammi said on April 27, 2014

Thank you! I love the mac and cheeses I make with Mary Ann's recipes to inspire me.

I usually use a different mini-mac-and-cheese recipe on this site. I was looking for that recipe today, and found this one instead. WIN!

I used this recipe tonight with equal parts cheddar, smoked Gouda and American cheese. This mix of cheeses complemented the ham nicely.

I substituted a quart of unsweetened almond milk for the evaporated milk. I didn't have any cooked broccoli, so I stirred fresh broccoli florets into the pasta and water right before draining the pasta.

Also, instead of baking in muffin tins, I divided the mac and cheese between two casserole dishes. I put one in the freezer for later this week.

Thanks again!