Friday is here!!!

And I’m wrapping this week up at one of my “best weeks ever” for sure 🙂

Maybe even “the BEST week ever”???

There, I said it!

In case you missed anything:

And you know what, to thank all of YOU for your fabulous support and wonderful comments this past week… you know that I just to give away some of the GOOD STUFF!!

…next week.  It’ll give you something to look forward to on Monday 😉

I definitely think you’re going to like this one (ehh hmmm new flavors what?!)

Well as promised on Twitter earlier this morning, I have a killer recipe for you guys tonight.

Especially if you’re a fan of ham & swiss and mac & cheese 😀

Let’s just call this a little fusion of the two, shall we?

Ham & Swiss Mac n’ Cheese Peas

Now who doesn’t like a good ham & swiss with some tangy Dijon?  And who doesn’t like mac n’ cheese?  Well except mini-Fanatic, who claims to “hate cheese”…

Right lil’ sis, I guess pizza just doesn’t count does it 😛

So back to the matter at hand, this recipe is so easy and comes together in a pinch.

Homemade cheese sauce for mac n’ cheese is as easy as stirring!  If you haven’t tried it, you should.  Maybe, like, now?  I promise you won’t be sorry 🙂

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 boneless ham steak, chopped
  • 1.5 cups frozen peas
  • 3 cups cooked macaroni
  • ½ block swiss cheese, grated & divided
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2/%)
  • 1 heaping tblsp flour
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tblsp butter, divided
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste

STEP 1:  Sauté onions in 1 tblsp butter for about 5 minutes over medium, until softened but not browned.  Add chopped ham and peas, plus a spoonful of H20.  Let this cook another 5 minutes, or until peas and ham are warmed through and water has evaporated.  Season w/ some salt & pepper too.

STEP 2:  While veggies are cooking, boil macaroni according to directions.  I used 3 cups of dried however ended up with wayyyyy too much, so I’d stick to about 2 cups dried to yield 3 cups cooked.

STEP 3:  Remove cooked veggies/ham mixture from pan.  Now add your other tablespoon of butter to the pan (medium heat) and once melted, whisk in your flour for about 30 seconds or until a thick paste forms.  Then add your milk, whisking in one cup at a time.  Throw the Dijon in as well.  Once that warms up, add in your shredded cheese a handful at a time (but save a bit for topping!), stirring while it melts until a smooth sauce forms.

 

STEP 4:  Combine the result of steps 1-3 above, stir together pasta w/ veggies & ham and cheese sauce. 

Sans cheese pic.

It’s okay if the cheese sauce is a little thin, you don’t want it to be too thick as it will firm up in the oven without drying your macaroni out. 

Pour into a baking dish and top with remaining cheese. 

Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350F for 20 minutes, allowing to cool for a few before digging in!

I tell you what, this dish was a HUGE hit in our house!!!  The dijon mustard really gave it that extra edge, loved it.

I worried that there may have not been enough cheese for Mr. Cheese Lovah himself, however banked on the fact that Swiss has a strong flavor and a little goes a long way.  Boy was I right, this combo was perfectttttttttt 🙂

Creamy (cheese), tangy (onions & dijon), smokey (ham) with a !pop! (peas), this dish really impressed! 

The Man gave it some major thumbs up as well.  Score.

Honestly, I already can’t wait to make it again, it was really that good!

Well I better run, I have a hot date tonight and we’re going to a new Spanish tapas restaurant that I’m super excited about!  <3 U Friday 🙂

7 Comments

  1. So…I’ve been having the weirdest craving for ham & cheese…and I don’t even like ham haha. AKA this looks AWESOME! Owww….can I win the giveaway if Chobani already sent me some of the new stuff 😉 I’m obsessed! The amount of protein, the calcium and the fill factor is perfect for my preggers!! Enjoy your date night

  2. I love adding mustard into recipes – it provides a great depth of flavor and the right amount of tang! Yum! 🙂

  3. I stop by when I can but don’t comment very often – when I saw that Chobani commercial, I told my husband “I know that girl” except I could not place where!

    Then I remembered it was you!!! Congrats – and I think my favorite line of the whole thing is “you have to be careful of the quiet ones!”

  4. so you’re a celebrity being published. truly amazing. I love the recipe (sans meat for a veggie like me)! peas are the best 🙂

  5. This has been a great week for you and you DESERVE it!

  6. LOVE this idea! But I think you had me at “swiss” 😉

  7. This sounds exactly like something I would make! thanks for the idea 🙂

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