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Zoey's Pick for Dinner

I love meal planning and grocery shopping, but last week I was just plain worn out. I asked the kids to pick out something for dinner that was easy and quick. Zoey went to landolakes.com and returned with her recommendation: Ham, Mac & Cheese Soup. Of course!

This recipe was everything I asked for – it requires only 10 minutes prep time and couldn’t be more simple. Start by cooking the pasta and setting it aside. Dice up the ham and deli cheese so they’re ready. I had sliced cheese so I just measured out 8 ounces and chopped it into squares for easy melting. (This amounted to 15 thin deli slices for me, but every deli is different so better to go by the weight on your package.) Also, I had some hot dogs on hand so sliced those instead of diced ham.

Now, melt the butter until sizzling and then stir in the flour and mustard.

When this is stirred together it will look like a paste. 

 

Next add the half and half and broth. You can just pour it all in at once.

 

Whisk until the paste is all mixed in and the mixture is smooth. This just takes a few seconds. 

Now, cook over medium-high heat and keep whisking until the mixture comes to a boil in about 4-5 minutes. It will thicken a little but not much.

 

Reduce the heat to low and toss in the cheese.

Stir until the cheese is melted. This took about 3 minutes for me, but if the cheese is sliced thicker or cubed then this timing can vary. Just whisk until the mixture is smooth and you can no longer see any pieces of cheese.

Nice and creamy and cheesy! The last step is to add the macaroni and the ham or hot dogs, plus a little salt and pepper to taste. Hot dogs are saltier than ham, so I didn’t add any salt and the soup was just right for me.

Voila! A creamy delicious soup that comes together in minutes.

Served with crusty bread and butter, this is just what’s needed for January in Minnesota. If winter’s become too much for you, or you just need a little comfort for dinner, try this Ham, Mac & Cheese Soup. I’d love to hear if you like it and if you found it to be as easy as I did.

Check back in a few days when Amanda makes another great recipe for surviving winter in Minnesota.

Liz is paid to write for the Land O'Lakes Recipe Buzz® Blog.

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She said now add broth, but it looks as if she is adding milk, I have never seen white broth..........is it just me or does there appear to be a question here. I think this is a great recipe, but would like to make it correctly. (should say would like to make the one in the pictures above) it looks like a wonderful recipe. But again milk/cream?????

Posted Nov 10 2011 by Glenda A.
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Glenda, The blog says "pour in half and half and broth" -- I can see how this may have confused you. There are two separate pictures: the first shows the half and half being added; the second shows the broth, which is more yellow but not totally clear in the picture. Hope you make this fun soup!
Posted November 11, 2011

Wow, this looks sooo good - can't wait to try it! Thanks for the idea!

Posted Jan 14 2011 by Cynthia S.

I am looking forward to trying this recipe, my grandsons love Mac &cheese, so I'm pretty sure they will like this, I will use lean ham, not hot dogs, because one of my grandsons does not like hot dogs. This looks easy & delicious, will write back after I make this dish. ;D

Posted Jan 13 2011 by Gail

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