Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese

“When I read this recipe to my DH he was practically drooling! Uses smoked Gouda and smoked ham. Can't wait to try! I'd never heard of cellentani pasta, but discovered it resembles a corkscrew, so I'll probably sub some rotini or fusilli. From Southern Living and credited to Heather Markowski of Rochester, NY.”
READY IN:
1hr
SERVES:
8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions and transfer hot pasta to a large bowl.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 3-5 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Whisk in Gouda, cream cheese, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper until smooth.
  5. Remove from heat, and stir in chopped ham.
  6. Combine pasta and Gouda cheese mixture, and pour into a lightly greased 13x9-inch baking dish.
  7. Stir together 2 cups crushed cereal, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon red pepper; sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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