Mac and cheese is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. This version will have the crowd on its feet and cheering. Turn up the heat with jalapeños and ham baked right in.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 8 servings
2 pkg. (7-1/4 oz. each) KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
1 Tbsp. oil
15 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Honey Ham, chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 jalapeño pepper s, seeded, chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
4 egg s, beaten
4 KRAFT Big Slice Pepper Jack Cheese Slice, coarsely chopped
18 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Prepare Dinners in large saucepan as directed on package. Meanwhile, heat oil in medium skillet on medium heat. Add ham, onions, peppers and garlic; cook 5 min., stirring frequently.
Add ham mixture to Dinners with eggs and chopped cheese; mix lightly. Mix cracker crumbs and parsley; stir half into Dinner mixture. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining crumb mixture.
Bake 35 min. or until center is set and casserole is heated through.
Serve with your favorite steamed vegetable.
Substitute a serrano chile or canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce for the jalapeño pepper.
Jalapeño Macaroni & Ham Ring
Substitute a 12-cup fluted tube pan for the casserole dish. Spoon prepared Dinner mixture into prepared pan. Do not add remaining crumb topping. Bake as directed. Let stand 10 min. Unmold onto plate; sprinkle with crumb topping.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 43g
Dietary Fibers 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.