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Mac and Cheese, but Fancy

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I feel like I have finally been truly initiated into the club of motherhood, after having been “baptized” by J’s projectile vomit last night.  Surprisingly, this is the first time in his life he’s thrown up.  Unsurprisingly, it seems like we’ve caught the bug that’s been going around.  When I was baptized as a Christian, it was in front of other people, and so was this particular event – at our local TJMaxx.  Another mother stopped and handed us her grape smelling saline wipes (saying “Ohhh, I’ve been there”), so after stripping down (as our coats and shirts all got stained), we drove home in a super-heated car smelling of pizza goldfish, vomit and that grape fluoride you get at the dentist’s.

After a day of bread, saltine crackers and Pedialyte, we made the only dinner J really devours, no matter how full he is – Mac and Cheese.  Unfortunately, the little guy still isn’t quite right and didn’t eat dinner, but here is the recipe, and I hope you enjoy it more than he did.

One Dog Woof: Fancy Mac and Cheese with Ham and Gouda

This recipe is adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook.  I don’t normally like Mac and Cheese, but in the spirit of the Lobster Mac and Cheese that we are seeing in trendy restaurants, we added some extras of our own.

Mac and Cheese, but Fancy
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  • box of pasta
  • 1 big onion, diced
  • 1 ham steak, diced
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 C milk
  • 2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 C shredded cheese
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the button in a pot.
  3. Add onions and let them sweat.
  4. Add flour and stir to make a roue. The mixture should be a fairly smooth paste and a bit bubbly.
  5. Add milk, ham and shredded cheese. Stir well.
  6. Add Worchestershire sauce. Season to taste.
  7. When the pasta is done, drain, and add to sauce.
  8. Stir to mix well.
  9. Serve warm

We use the Barilla pasta with the vegetables built-in, since Josh is not a big vegetable fan, so we try to sneak it in anywhere, anytime.  Our cheese was a smoked Gouda; we have also tried it with Jarlsberg Swiss, which was also very good.

One Dog Woof: Fancy Mac and Cheese
One Dog Woof: Mac and Cheese with Ham

Now only if the Lobster Mac and Cheese we’ve ordered had as much lobster in it as we have ham and onion in ours!



  1. Chelsea

    Looks delicious!

  2. Design_Fluff

    Yummy! You made me so hungry just now!

  3. Robyn

    I’m sorry your little one isn’t feeling well.. I hope by the date of my comment you’re all doing much better.. Thanks for the recipe.. My husband loves mac and cheese and I am definitely going to make this.. Thanks again 🙂

  4. Chiwei

    Thank you so much for asking! Josh is doing much better, although the biggies seem to have picked up the bug. Made for a very quiet/sleepy weekend. I hope your husband enjoys the mac & cheese!

  5. Chiwei

    I linked up, thank you!

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