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Jalapeño Macaroni & Ham Bake

Jalapeño Macaroni & Ham Bake recipe
photo by:kraft
Mac and cheese is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. This version will have the crowd on its feet and cheering. Turn up the heat with jalapeños and ham baked right in.
time
prep:
10 min
total:
1 hr
servings
total:
8 servings
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What You Need

2
pkg.   (7-1/4 oz. each) KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
1
Tbsp.  oil
15
slices  OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Honey Ham, chopped
1
small  red onion, finely chopped
2
 jalapeño peppers, seeded, chopped
2
clove  garlic, minced
4
 eggs, beaten
4
 KRAFT Big Slice Pepper Jack Cheese Slice, coarsely chopped
18
 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 3/4 cup)
1/2
cup  fresh parsley, chopped

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

PREPARE Dinners in large saucepan as directed on package. Meanwhile, heat oil in medium skillet on medium heat. Add ham, onions, peppers and garlic; cook 5 min., stirring frequently.

ADD ham mixture to Dinners with eggs and chopped cheese; mix lightly. Mix cracker crumbs and parsley; stir half into Dinner mixture. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining crumb mixture.

BAKE 35 min. or until center is set and casserole is heated through.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Serve with your favorite steamed vegetable.
Substitute
Substitute a serrano chile or canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce for the jalapeño pepper.
Jalapeño Macaroni & Ham Ring
Substitute a 12-cup fluted tube pan for the casserole dish. Spoon prepared Dinner mixture into prepared pan. Do not add remaining crumb topping. Bake as directed. Let stand 10 min. Unmold onto plate; sprinkle with crumb topping.
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