Friday, October 17, 2014

Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas

Delicious Macaroni and Cheese with a tasty brew is one of my favorite ways to stock up on carbs. 

As part of marathon training, you need to pay special attention to your diet the couple weeks before the big day.  Here's a scrumptious meal to add to your menu:

Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas:

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Cook a full box of your favorite short pasta to al dente.  Set aside and keep warm.

2.  In a medium saucepan, melt 3-4 T of butter over medium heat.  Whisk in 3 T of all-purpose flour. 

3.  Add in about 2 T dijon mustard and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Whisk until combined.

4.  Add 2 and 1/2 cups of milk all at once.  Cook and stir until it's thick and bubbly, then cook and stir for another 2 minutes.

5.  Remove from heat and add 2 to 3 cups of your choice of shredded cheeses.  Stir to combine into amazing melty-goodness.

6.  In a very large bowl, add the cooked pasta, and then mix in 1 cup of frozen peas, and 1 cup of cubed ham.

7.  Add the cheese sauce and stir to combine.  Transfer into a 9x13 baking dish and top with a mixture of:
  • 1 T melted butter
  • 3 T fine dry bread crumbs
  • 3T grated Parmesan cheese

8.  Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Let this incredible dish stand (if you can) for 10 minutes before serving. 

So good.  Happy eating.  Happy running.

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