MACARONI AND CHEESE with HAM and PEAS

Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Peas is a great weeknight family dinner! Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with two types of cheese made on the stove or in the Instant Pot. We added ham and peas to round out the meal!


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Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Peas is a great weeknight family dinner! Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with two types of cheese made on the stove or in the Instant Pot. We added ham and peas to round out the meal!

We’re half way thru the school year which, in our house, means we’re knee-deep in busy weeknights and chaotic schedules. This Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Peas recipe is the perfect weeknight meal because it’s easy to make and everyone loves it. It’s a very simple recipe that uses items you likely already have in your fridge and pantry!  I use 2 cups of Horizon Organic milk in lieu of heavy cream and it’s wonderful. It has a rich, creamy taste and 50% more vitamin D than regular milk. Half-gallon cartons are available in most grocery stores in the organic products section. It’s always a good idea to keep a couple cartons on hand- we go through milk so fast! See where you can find Horizon Organics products near you here. 

Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Peas is a great weeknight family dinner! Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with two types of cheese made on the stove or in the Instant Pot. We added ham and peas to round out the meal!Macaroni & Cheese with Ham and Peas

  • 1 (16-oz) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cupsHorizon Organic Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Horizon Organic Unsalted Butter
  • 3 cups Shredded Horizon Organic Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Horizon Organic Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 TBSP flour, for skillet method
  • salt and pepper to taste

Stovetop Directions:

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  1. Boil pasta according to package directions, adding the frozen peas to the boiling water to cook with the pasta.
  2. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water prior to draining. Drain pasta and peas and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Combine flour, mustard powder, onion powder, salt & pepper. Sprinkle on melted butter, whisking quickly to combine. Begin adding in pasta water gradually, whisking until smooth in between additions.
  4. Add in milk, 1 cup at a time, whisking and allowing the milk to warm in between additions. Add ham and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and the mozzarella cheese and whisk gently.
  5. Add pasta and peas to the saucepan, stirring to combine. Top with remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and serve.

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Combine 4 cups of water, elbow macaroni, mustard powder, salt, peas and ham
    in your Instant Pot. Close and lock the lid. Set manual, high pressure
    for 2 minutes.
  2. After Instant Pot beeps that it’s finished, wait until timer counts back up to 3 minutes(Natural Pressure release), then release pressure carefully using the quick-release method. Unlock and remove lid.
  3. Stir macaroni to separate any clumps. Stir milk and butter into the pot. Add cheese and stir until melted.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Keep Instant Pot on until you’re ready to serve so that the macaroni & cheese will stay warm.

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Macaroni & Cheese with Ham and Peas

Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Peas is a great weeknight family dinner! Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with two types of cheese made on the stove or in the Instant Pot. We added ham and peas to round out the meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz package elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cupsHorizon Organic Milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups Shredded Horizon Organic Cheddar Cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Horizon Organic Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 TBSP flour for skillet method
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Stovetop Directions:

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions, adding the frozen peas to the boiling water to cook with the pasta. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water prior to draining. Drain pasta and peas and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Combine flour, mustard powder, onion powder, salt & pepper. Sprinkle on melted butter, whisking quickly to combine. Begin adding in pasta water gradually, whisking until smooth in between additions. Add in milk, 1 cup at a time, whisking and allowing the milk to warm in between additions. Add ham and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and the mozzarella cheese and whisk gently. Add pasta and peas to the saucepan, stirring to combine. Top with remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and serve.

Instant Pot Directions

  1. Combine 4 cups of water, elbow macaroni, mustard powder, salt, peas and ham
  2. in your Instant Pot. Close and lock the lid. Set manual, high pressure
  3. for 2 minutes.
  4. After Instant Pot beeps that it’s finished, wait until timer counts back up to 3 minutes, then release pressure carefully using the quick-release method. Unlock and remove lid.
  5. Stir macaroni to separate any clumps.
  6. Stir milk and butter into the pot. Add cheese and stir until melted.
  7. Season with salt and pepper. Keep Instant Pot on until you’re ready to serve so that the macaroni & cheese will stay warm.

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