Macaroni cheese with ham

Macaroni cheese with ham
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Takes 5 minutes to make, 25 minutes to cook

Macaroni cheese is comfort food at its best, and the addition of ham just makes it that little bit better…


  • 180g macaroni
  • ½ x 180g pack Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Pulled Ham Hock (or 90g good quality ham, chopped)
  • 350g tub ready-made cheese sauce, heated
  • Handful of fresh parsley, leaves chopped
  • 20g Parmesan, grated
  • 20g fresh coarse breadcrumbs
  • ½ tbsp anchovy paste
  • ½ tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Boil the macaroni in a large pan of salted water for 5 minutes. Drain well, then tumble into a large bowl along with the ham hock, warm cheese sauce and parsley. Season, then spoon evenly between 2 individual ovenproof dishes. Scatter with the Parmesan and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden and piping hot.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with the anchovy paste and ½ tbsp oil. Spread out on a baking sheet, then grill for 3 minutes until golden and crisp. Scatter over the baked macaroni before serving.


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