Ham and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

I had some leftover ham and knowing how much my family loves leftover ham in their macaroni and cheese I quickly threw together a casserole for dinner.

This was such a quick and easy dinner idea and it was so delicious!  I added some mozzarella cheese which is something I have never put in my macaroni and cheese before but we loved the added stringiness of it.

To make this dish you will need:
16 ounces shells
1 1/2 cups diced ham
16 ounce bag broccoli florets
2 1/4 cups Monterey Jack Cheese; shredded
1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese; shredded
1 Tbsp mustard
1 1/2 cup milk
4 ounces cream cheese
1 tsp. dried minced onion
1 tsp. garlic salt

For the topping:
1/2 sleeve club crackers
1 Tbsp melted butter

Once the water came to a boil I added my box of shells, the pre-cooked and diced ham (though it does not need to be cooked I just had leftovers), and the frozen  bag of broccoli florets.

Once the water had come back up to a boil, I set the timer for the amount of time the pasta box called for and then drained everything when the timer went off.

In my empty pan I combined the cheeses, milk, mustard, onion, and garlic.  I stirred constantly until the cheese was all melted and then added the pasta, meat, and veggies into the pot.

I removed it from the heat and once everything was nicely coated in my cheese sauce I poured it all into a lightly greased 13x9 pan and spread it all nice and smooth.

I just love how the shell shapes fill up with cheese-- YUM!

In a small glass dish I microwaved and melted the butter then added my crushed cracker crumbs to make a nice crunchy topping.

I slid the whole thing into a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until my crackers were golden brown and the sauce was bubbling. 

We served it up in bowls and I watched the boys devour it all; broccoli included!

We had few leftovers and even those were gone the next day.  That is always a sure sign I made a wonderful new recipe that is sure to become a family favorite.

Linking Up With: Amaze Me Monday Weekend Potluck,

The Lazy Gastronome


  1. I make one similar with peas instead of broccoli (as I can't eat that). :)

    1. I usually do make it with peas and cheddar cheese but I had to make do with what was on hand and we just loved this version.

  2. Now THAT's what's for dinner around here! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!

  3. I have a feeling this is going to be a favorite at our house. Thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

    1. I hope it does become a favorite! Thanks so much for the pin and for hosting.

  4. This sounds so amazing! :) YUM!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. Ooo yum, the cracker crumb topping sounds delicious.

  6. My whole family is going to love this! It is going on our dinner menu soon.

  7. Your Ham Broccoli Mac and Cheese looks like a delicious casserole! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,483.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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