Macaroni with Ham and Cheese

This crunchy pasta dish is so easy to make and tastes really good!  It’s a different take on the old favourite Macaroni Cheese – not so rich because there is no cheese sauce – just cheese!  You can really add anything you fancy to this dish – I often add a punnet of chopped button mushrooms.  Another nice variation is stirring through two or three chopped hard-boiled eggs – depends what you have in the fridge! 🙂


1 250 gram packet of macaroni – I use elbows

3 ham steaks

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 onion finely chopped

1 clove of garlic – grated

1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek  (A paste made from ground red chillies – I use Conimex brand)

1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

salt & pepper to taste

4 cups of grated cheese

Panko crumbs for the topping


Boil the macaroni as per instructions on the packet until just el dente

While the pasta is cooking, fry the onions, garlic & chilli paste in the olive oil

Chop the ham steaks into small cubes and toss in with the onion mixture

Season with the nutmeg, salt & pepper to taste

When pasta is ready, drain and mix thoroughly with the ham and onion mixture

Add in the grated cheese and stir though to combine

Tip this into a casserole dish and sprinkle generously with Panko crumbs

Bake at 200c (fan forced) for around 20 minutes or until crumbs are nice & golden

Bon Appetit!


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