Creamy Macaroni-and-Cheese Ham Bake

Ingredients
  • 1  7 1/4 ounce package macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1 1/2  cups cubed cooked ham or chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2  cups shredded cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
  • 1   cup cream-style cottage cheese
  • 1/2  cup sour cream
  • 1/2  cup chopped onion
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4  cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1   tablespoon snipped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes (optional)
  • 1   tablespoon butter, melted
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Directions
1. 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare macaroni and cheese mix according to package directions, except do not add salt to water. Stir in ham, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, the cottage cheese, sour cream, onion, and pepper. Transfer mixture to an ungreased 1-1/2-quart baking dish.
2. 
In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and, if desired, parsley; stir in melted butter. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.
3. 
Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until mixture is heated through and crumbs are golden. Makes 4 servings.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 557, Fat, total (g) 28, chol. (mg) 111, sat. fat (g) 17, carb. (g) 49, Monosaturated fat (g) 6, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 2, sugar (g) 9, pro. (g) 37, vit. A (IU) 728.85, vit. C (mg) 1.77, Thiamin (mg) 0.92, Riboflavin (mg) 0.85, Niacin (mg) 6.12, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.1, Folate (g) 108.86, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.67, sodium (mg) 2175, Potassium (mg) 165, calcium (mg) 514.94, iron (mg) 3.96, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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