Skinny Ham Mac & Cheese

Sometimes I can be a really nice sister, but let’s face it, most of times I’m the kind of mean sister who fills an empty nutella jar with homemade nutella (obviously not as good as storebought gah at least mine wasn’t) and doesn’t tell her brothers so they think it’s the real thing. That’ll teach them not to eat my baking supplies (chocolate chip bags waiting to be part of cookies devoured by little brothers anyone?) ha.

 

 


Although this week I’m being a cool one. Yeah, I think I told you before that my brother is lending me his laptop these days so I am able to blog, since mine crashed down last weekend… somehow, I have to return the favor.

And as a reward to my brother for being all nice and let me borrow his computer, I baked mac & cheese for him. Ham mac & cheese, in particular, aka his very favorite kind. Plus my parents will be out of town this weekend, and they’ve left me in charge of meal-planning, so he’ll be having pancakes and waffles for brekkie everyday. And pizza and lasagna for dinner. And cake, he loves cake too.

See? I can be a really nice sister, I told you.

 

 

I think that after trying these, I’m his favorite sister… the fact that I’m his only one has nothing to do with it, duh. But c’mon, one bite of these mac & cheese and I’m instantly everybody’s favorite sister. Yeah, these are so awesome that even if it was my neighboors who tried these, I’d become their favorite sister, I tell you. Does this even make sense? No? I think I need a nap. And mac & cheese. To make my mind work properly, you know.

 

Anyway. Cheesy mac & cheese with spicy ham bits = perfection. May I tell you that this are super healthy as well? Yeah they are. You know how I’m a sucker for greek yogurt and I couldn’t help it but add it to this as well. Result? Creamy dreamy mac & cheese with much less calories and fats and much more protein. Ladies and gents: we’ve got a winner here.

So you guys make this. And don’t you ever think about telling my brother. He loves these so much that he’d persuade you to send him a big container of these… and shipping stuff to Spain is really expansive, I tell you.

 

-Skinny Ham Mac & Cheese

Prep time 25 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 350 Grams ham
  • 1 Tsp. extra spicy cajun spice
  • 500 Grams cooked whole wheat macaroni
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup bbq sauce
  • 100 Grams shredded cheese (for the topping)
  • olive oil for the pan

cheese sauce

  • 300 Grams fat free greek yogurt
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 150 Grams strong cheese (such as parmesan or manchego)

Directions

1.
Stir greek yogurt, salt, pepper and strong cheese together to form a creamy sauce. Set aside.
2.
Heat some oil in a pan and when it's hot, add ham and cajun spice and sautee until crispy.
3.
Add cooked macaroni, bbq and tomato sauce, more salt if needed and stir.
4.
Add the cheese sauce, stir and sautee for 5 minutes.
5.
Remove pan from heat and pour macaroni in a baking dish.
6.
Top with shredded cheese.
7.
Bake at 250ΒΊC until cheese is golden. This will take about 15 minutes in a non-preheated oven, since everything is already cooked.

Note

Don't use a mild cheese for the cheese sauce or it'll taste more of yogurt than it should.

 

Have a great weekend!

Consuelo

 

60 Comments

  • Reply Two Healthy Kitchens October 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Consuelo, I don’t have a sister, and after reading this post I officially want to ask you to please, please be my new-favorite sister, too! I won’t even get mad if you put homemade Nutella in my jars (actually, I think I’d love you even more!). Of course, I adore the use of Greek yogurt here (so healthy and creamy-good!), and I’m just ga-ga over the BBQ ham and cajun spice. Seriously brilliant! I really and truly was just on my way out the door to the grocery store, and I’m gonna march right back over, snatch up my grocery list, and add these ingredients to it so I can make this ASAP. You rock, my friend! Good luck this weekend! πŸ˜€ ~Shelley

    • Reply Consuelo October 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Awww, thank you for your sweet comments, love! I’d love to be your sister if you made me some of those energy balls which look amazing haha πŸ˜‰ You too have a nice weekend πŸ˜‰

      • Reply Two Healthy Kitchens October 26, 2013 at 2:54 am

        Update! Yum, yum, yum!!!!! I made this for dinner tonight (I totally was NOT kidding when I told you I was putting it on the shopping list!), and we LOVED it! So flavorful, creamy and comforting – exactly what we needed on a chilly, sleepy, snuggly Friday night! Super delicious! Seriously – anybody else peeking through these comments – MAKE THIS!!!! Thanks, Consuelo (aka my new baby sis)! xo ~Shelley

        • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

          Ok aw thank you so much for trying them, you can’t imagine how happy I am that you liked them!! Have a lovely weekend, Shelley ^^

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} October 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Haha, the story about you brother eating the chocolate chips reminds me of my own brother. He would totally do that πŸ˜‰
    I love how you add greek yoghurt to almost everything. I’m obsessed with greek yoghurt, but I’ve never thought about adding it to mac and cheese. Sounds delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo October 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Yeah, they always find them. Nothing is safe at home lol. It’s a nice addition, I hope you get to try it. Happy weekend πŸ˜€

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven October 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    There’s no way you can’t be the favourite sister after this! Such awesome ingredients! Everything is perfect about this dish πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Davida! :-*

  • Reply Cindy October 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    You are a good sister! You’d be my favorite too if you made me this Mac and Cheese πŸ˜€ I have been wanting Mac and Cheese for days!! I have to try your recipe. I like the use of bbq sauce, cajun spice, ham, and well you know I love greek yogurt. It makes everything better, right?!

    • Reply Consuelo October 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      It totally does πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much, I hope you’ll like it πŸ˜€

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 26, 2013 at 12:59 am

    What a sister you are, I’m going to ask my parents if we can adopt you so you can become mine too. Please! Loving this mac and cheese, definitely on the menu and pinning now!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Adopt me so you can give me lots of Halloween candy haha πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much!

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl October 26, 2013 at 1:33 am

    What a comforting looking plate of food you’ve served up there! And what a lovely sister you are πŸ™‚ I’m an only child and always wanted a sister, someone to cook me some ham mac n cheese!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Aww, thank you so much, Aimee! Happy weekend πŸ˜€

  • Reply Monet October 26, 2013 at 5:04 am

    You are a great sister! This looks like mac and cheese heaven. I love that you added BBQ sauce to your recipe. So savory and good! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Bbq sauce is a lovely addition indeed. Thanks dear, I’m so happy you like them πŸ˜€

  • Reply Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron October 26, 2013 at 5:06 am

    You crack me up with the comments about your brothers. πŸ˜€ This lasagna looks amazing, I love how you added greek yogurt to lighten it up. I am definitely gonna have to try this… and I love manchego!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Isn’t Manchego lovely?? Aw, thank you so much Ruby! Let me know how you like them πŸ˜€

  • Reply caileejoy October 26, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Wow! This looks like a nice balanced plate πŸ™‚ I love meals like that! It looks delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

      I love them too, veggies make it so colorful πŸ˜‰ Thanks Cailee!

  • Reply Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen October 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    ooo This is the second delicious looking Mac n Cheese I’ve seen this week! I think the internet is trying to tell me something… I think your may win on health value though. Love the use of yoghurt. I think you would defo be my favourite sister if you made me this! Or homemade nutella for that matter!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      I’ve seen lots of recipes this week too haha πŸ˜‰ You should definitely join us, Claire!
      Although my recipe for homemade nutella is terrible, I have to work on that one πŸ˜‰ But thanks!

  • Reply Amy (Savory Moments) October 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I love all kinds of mac n’ cheese and this one looks really good. So nice of you to make it for your brother – I’m sure he appreciated it!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      I think he did too πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Amy! x

  • Reply Monica October 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I love that you lightened up this classic favorite! And I know you’re a good (and fun) sister…I can feel it. : )

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Aww, thanks Monica πŸ˜€

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen October 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I think you’re even with your brother! That meal looks amazing! Love that you added bbq sauce to the mac and cheese. I have younger brothers too, so I know how it is.

    • Reply Consuelo October 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Bbbq sauce really makes them so special! Thank you, Christin! x

    • Reply Consuelo October 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Bbbq sauce really makes them so special! Thank you, Christin! xx

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I like the addition of the ham in mac n cheese! Never thought of that before!

    • Reply Consuelo October 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

      It’s lovely because with the cajun spice it kind of tastes of bacon πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Tahnycooks October 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I’m not even going to ask my 3 sisters if I am nice or not….don’t care I guess. (That just might answer that question!) I adore my sisters!

    They would adore me even more if I made this incredible Mac & Cheese for them (ain’t gonna happen) but, I certainly would make this for my own family here at home!!! Super delish!

    • Reply Consuelo October 27, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      They’d surely love you more! I hope your family like these, Tahny! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments October 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    You have to be a nice sister cooking and baking for everyone all the time! They have no idea how lucky they are, do they? This mac and cheese sounds so delicious with the barbecue sauce and ham!

    • Reply Consuelo October 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Naah, they don’t like the way I cook, because most of the time it’s all veggie-related and they hate those!
      Thank you, Marcie πŸ˜‰

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen October 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    oooh i can’t wait to give this recipe a try! guilt free mac & cheese?! yes please!

    • Reply Consuelo October 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Aw, I hope you’ll love these Holly! x

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life October 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Mac and cheese equals fall comfort food! You sure are good at skinny baking and I’ll have to try greek yogurt on top. Sounds so good!

    • Reply Consuelo October 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Yeah, that would have been amazing too! Let me know how you like them ;–*

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  • Reply thatskinnychickcanbake October 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Oh, boy, I can see why you’re the favorite sister now! Your mac and cheese sounds so flavorful and yummy!

    • Reply Consuelo October 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Lizzi! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor October 28, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Mac and cheese is my weakness. This looks so cheesy and comforting. Yum!

    • Reply Consuelo October 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you, Ashley! c:

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com October 28, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Gorgeous! I’m dying over that crispy, bubbly melted cheese on top.

    • Reply Consuelo October 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      That was the best part πŸ˜‰

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  • Reply Joanne October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Haha I’ve definitely been “that” sister before. Like the time I put zucchini in chocolate cake. My brother still hasn’t let me forget it! He would definitely appreciate this mac and cheese though!

    • Reply Consuelo October 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Yeah, I do that too! They don’t caras as much about zucchinni, but oh, boy, you should see thier faces when it’s beans what I add πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Amy October 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of mac and cheese with sauces in it, but it sounds delicious! What a nice sister, indeed πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Consuelo October 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      I’m not American, so I’ve got no idea on what mac & cheese should look like haha. These taste great to me though! Thanks, Amy! πŸ™‚

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    Be my sister and make me this mac and cheese because I’ve never had any. Ever πŸ˜€

    • Reply Consuelo October 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Actually this one one of my first times eating it, because it’s not popular over here πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Jamie@Milk N Cookies October 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Adding Greek yogurt is a great idea, Consuelo! I’m a big fan of healthier-for-you mac and cheese — especially when you can still end up with a ton of flavor. This recipe looks scrumptious, especially with the addition of ham!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Jamie! I’m so happy you like it πŸ˜€

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner October 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Super nice of your brother to let you borrow his laptop. I hate having computer issues. πŸ™
    I’d say this mac and cheese dish returns the favor! Oh man, this looks a-maz-ing! And I love how you added ham and a little heat to it. Yummo. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Computer issues are terrible indeed πŸ™
      Thanks Tina! x

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