Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas

Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas

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Ingredients

1 pound  farfalle pasta
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon  black pepper
3 cups of shredded cheese (I used Colby Jack, but you can use any cheese you like in your mac and cheese)
1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
1/2 pound finely diced smoked ham
 
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook pasta in lightly salted water following package directions, about 12 minutes. Drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until well blended; cook 1 minute. Whisk in 1 cup of milk and cook, whisking continuously, until smooth. Whisk in remaining 1 cup milk and continue to cook, whisking until thickened and smooth, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salt and pepper. Whisk in 2 cups of the cheese until smooth.
  3. In the saucepan, add the pasta, peas and ham to the cheese sauce. Pour into prepared baking dish. Scatter remaining 1 cup cheese evenly over the top.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven; allow to cool 10 minutes.