Macaroni casserole made with leftover ham from Easter.

Macaroni Casserole

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I hope everyone had a terrific Easter and spring break. My boys are back at school, so now I can get back to working on bringing you recipes, crafts and activities to do with your children. Today is a recipe to use up your Easter leftovers.

We had a Easter basket and egg hunt at home with our boys. Then traveled their Grandparent’s house for another Easter basket and egg hunt, with even more eggs! My dad is in charge of hiding the eggs, inevitably eggs continue to show up well into summer. Whoever finds them gets the contents.


The weather was so nice we ended up playing outside after the egg hunt and meal. Squirting Grandpa with guns the kids got from the Easter bunny, playing hide and seek in the woods, drawing with chalk on the driveway, and a tight game of HORSE. Luckily all four cousins get along with one another and enjoy each other’s company. My sister and I got to catch up with our parents and grandmother. We got to meet my grandmother’s new friend. Our husbands got to hang out and relax with a beverage as well.Macaroni casserole made with leftover ham from Easter.

The kids get coins in the eggs, candy and a few fun toys in their baskets. My boys and I decided to use some of the Easter change to go to the Dollar Tree. My boys got 8 quarters out of their stash and headed to the DollarTree. D-Man spent about 30 minutes deciding which sling shot would be best. Big-C settled on a hula hoop. My boys love the Dollar Tree and I usually find something I can use there too. I picked out two containers I needed to store some items.

Use up those Leftovers!

The Easter bunny, my Mom, gave me some left over ham, broccoli and cheese from Easter lunch. My boys love all three of these ingredients so it was a great deal for me. I knew just what I wanted to do with all of it! The next day, Monday, was so COLD we needed jackets, hats and gloves. Since it was such a change in weather I felt like we needed a little comfort food. What’s better than creamy macaroni casserole? We used up all the ham, cheese and broccoli in one dish, and D-Man devoured it! He’s our pickiest eater. 

Macaroni Casserole

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, separated
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk (1 can)
  • 2 cups cheese, shredded or cubed (cheddar, colby jack)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cups ham, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a casserole dish with vegetable spray.
  2. Cook the pasta to al dente and drain well.
  3. Place cooked pasta in casserole dish with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, toss until coated. Add ham to noodles and distribute evenly.
  4. In a separate sauce pan, melt the other 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and stir in flour. Stir until thickening and golden,
  5. Whisk in evaporated milk and simmer until beginning to thicken.
  6. Place cheese in sauce pan, stir until melted. Add broccoli to cheese sauce. Add milk to cheese sauce to thin out and make pour able.
  7. Pour cheese sauce mixture over noodles. Mix well until evenly coated. Top with shredded Parmesan.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, remove foil for an additional 10 more minutes. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes and serve.
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Like all of my recipes I bring to you here at Fun Happiness and Life this one is free of nuts and seeds, for D-Man. He is my dude with food allergies. This recipe happens to also be egg free. Because we have a picky eater I made the dish creamy but not spicy. It would taste great with some onions and red pepper flakes.Macaroni casserole made with leftover ham from Easter.


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