Broccoli and Ham Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese with Broccoli and Ham is a quick and easy family dinner that is sure to please the pickiest of eaters!

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My kids are not the best eaters when it comes to cheese.   It started with my 10-year-old.  She ate her fair share of cheese as a toddler, but somewhere in her short life she determined that cheese was not for her.  Be it a cheese stick or a cheese dip, my oldest will turn up her nose.  She doesn’t even eat pizza.  My 8-year-old and 5-year-old do not eat cheese either.  They, too, claim that they don’t like it.  I know that they are merely following the lead of their oldest sibling.  She is older, wiser and way cooler in their opinion.  I look at all of them and think they must be missing that critical (and enjoyable) cheese loving gene!

Quick and easy Ham and Broccoli Mac and Cheese! www.lemonsforlulu.com

There is one food, however, that the entire family will consistently eat with zeal and enthusiasm.  That is mac and cheese.  I admit to buying the boxed variety from time to time, but we all know there is nothing quite like homemade.   Plus, when I make my own, I can add in extras that will transform this mac and cheese from a side dish to a meal.

Want to know how I turn my non-cheese eaters into mac and cheese lovers?  My secret ingredient is Campbell’s Soup!  Cheddar Cheese to be exact.  It adds lots of flavor and creaminess that I cannot get from cheddar cheese alone.   This meal is incredibly easy (perfect for our busy family), plus I can alter it; add or change ingredients to keep it fresh and interesting; it’s just as good the next day; and finally, instead of asking, “How much more do I have to eat?” my kids actually ask, “May I have more please”!

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With The Wisest Kin in the Whole World, you will find Campbell’s Soup recipes for your own picky eaters!  Be sure to check out www.campbellskitchen.com for more family pleasing recipe ideas!

I think it’s time for me to rethink our family meals.  Campbell’s Cooking Soup worked so well in my mac and cheese, I’m now wondering what other meals I can transform!  I’m always up for a good challenge!

 

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Broccoli and Ham Mac and Cheese

Broccoli and Ham Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 can (10 ¾ ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 2 soup cans full of milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups diced ham
  • 1 16 oz. box elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain. Return to pan and set on low heat. Stir in cheddar cheese soup, milk, shredded cheddar, broccoli and ham. Stir until cheese has melted and becomes smooth. Pour into prepared dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over pasta. Drizzle melted butter over breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake for 20-25 or until mixture is hot and bubbling.
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22 Responses

    • The family devoured this! A definite keeper!

  1. This looks awesome!! I love mac and cheese (who doesn’t..?) and broccoli is my favorite vegetable :) definitely got to give this a try!

  2. This looks wonderful and comforting!

  3. I’m so looking forward to mac and cheese once I have Ham leftovers at Christmas. And thanks for the reminder about that cheese soup from Campbells. I’ve not used it in awhile and it makes some good casseroles.

    • I tend to only use the Cream of chicken, but the others come in handy too! Thanks Lea Ann!

  4. Love the topping on this mac and cheese, Tanya! I can never get sick of homemade goodness like this!

  5. Ohhh this looks so yummy! I LOVE mac and cheese in practically any form and now I think I have to have it for dinner. Thanks for the great recipe and pinning! xo

  6. YUM!!!! I need to add campbell’s soup to my mac n cheese. What a great idea!!

  7. I’m amazed that you kids aren’t fond of cheese. I thought the love of cheese was in every child’s DNA. This mac & cheese must really be something if your kids enjoy it so — and it has broccoli in it, too. I’m sure I’d like.

  8. My little sons are the same way about cheese, but do enjoy Mac and Cheese! Will have to try your recipe pronto! Blessings!

    • Isn’t it funny that they don’t like cheese?? Thank you Diane!

  9. This is perfect! One of my favorite veggies is broccoli and one of my favorite splurge foods is mac n cheese! Pinned and sharing on G+. Have a good weekend, Tanya!

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