Ham and Mustard Macaroni and cheese

image(Serves 4)

250g dried macaroni
40g butter, chopped
200g shaved ham, shredded
2 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup plain flour
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 ½ cups milk
1 cup cheddar cheese
½ cup grated parmesan
2 medium potatoes, peeled, coarsely grated
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives

Preheat oven to 220°C

  • Grease four 2 cup capacity oven proof baking dishes.
  • Cook macaroni in a large saucepan of boiling water as per instruction, drain.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add ham and garlic. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until ham is heated through. Add flour and mustard. Stir until mixture bubbles and thickens. Remove from the heat.
  • Gradually stir in milk. Return to heat.
  • Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat.
  • Add cheddar. Stir until cheese melts. Add pasta. Season with pepper then toss to combine. Spoon into prepared dishes.
  • Combine parmesan and potato in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle over pasta mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and crisp.
  • Serve sprinkled with chives.

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