Leftover Ham Casserole

Leftover Ham Casserole

- by Sandra Molyneaux

I don't know why this is so good because it is essentially Macaroni and Cheese, but it is really different. One of my favorite childhood comfort foods that made it into my adult kitchen.

Since a traditional baked ham is hard to find in Spain, buy a chunk of smoked ham from the butcher and just cut it up.

Ingredients

1 C. small macaroni

2 C. left-over baked ham, diced

1 onion, chopped

2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped

3 Tb. butter

4 Tb. flour

2 cups milk

salt, pepper

Procedure

1. Cook macaroni until al dente, in salted boiling water, drain.

2. Heat the oven to 400.

3. In a medium oblong casserole dish, combine the cooked macaroni, ham, onion and tomatoes.

4. Meal the butter in a small saucepan and whisk in the flour, whisk over medium low heat for one minute. Add the milk, whisking constantly. Add the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add the cheese sauce to the pasta dish and mix well.

5. Bake, uncovered for about 20 minutes and serve with a green salad.

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