Homemade Mac and Cheese with Brocoli

A family favorite! Serve with brocoli (or peas), and optionally add diced ham*. Estimated cost: two boxes of cellentani or elbow pasta (4.), white cheese sauce (4.), veggies (2.) = $10.00

1. Boil and drain pasta, as box directs. Prepare a double batch of white cheese sauce (my recipe) in a medium saucepan.

2. Spice the sauce with garlic powder, a dash of crushed red pepper, and salt/pepper to taste.

3. *Optionally, dice some slices of ham the deli has cut extra thick for you. I buy ham for this recipe at under $2.00 a pound, and use about a half a pound's worth.

4. In two large baking dishes, mix the pasta, ham and sauce. Sprinkle each pan with 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs mixed with a bit of melted butter. Bake uncovered in a preheated 400 degree oven for twenty minutes (if desired, you can eat it without baking it, but I think baking it is nice). This makes two pans, enough for dinner and lunch the next day for my family.

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