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Easy Peasy Mac and Cheesy

This kid-friendly recipe comes together in minutes. With the addition of baby peas and ham, it's a complete meal that will keep everyone satisfied.

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Servings: 8


  • 1 pound mini fusilli pasta, or other small pasta
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin swiss cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dry powdered mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup ham, cooked and diced
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

In large pot, melt butter and sauté onions for about 5 minutes. Stir in flour until well blended. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add milk; stir well. Add in cheeses, mustard, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Continue to cook and stir until smooth, hot and thickened. Stir in ham, peas and cooked/drained pasta. Stir well until heated through.

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If you have trouble mastering a smooth and creamy cheese sauce using the béchamel method and feel comfortable playing around with your recipe, consider using evaporated milk.