Ham & Gruyere Mac & Cheese Recipe for the Home Chef

Serves 4-6

Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

1 pint cream
6 oz cheese (your choice)
1 Tb. Butter
1 Tb. flour
Salt and pepper to taste

Cheese Sauce Preparation:

  • Mix the butter and flour together in your hands and set aside.
  • Bring the cream to a low simmer in a thick bottomed pot.
  • Add the butter/ flour blend and stir with a whisk until smooth and slightly thickened (about 5 minutes).
  • Take the pot off the heat, add the cheese and whisk until smooth, season to taste and set aside until ready to assemble.

Ham & Gruyere Mac Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni noodles, cooked to directions on box and drained
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 lb. applewood smoked ham, diced
  • 2 oz. vegetable broth or water
  • 6 oz. gruyere cheese, shredded
  • ½ c. breadcrumbs
  • 1 bunch green onion, thinly sliced at an angle


  1. In a skillet over medium heat add oil, ham and vegetable broth.  Sauté until liquid is evaporated and ham is just beginning to brown. Take off heat.
  2. Plate hot and drained elbow noodles in a serving bowl.
  3. Ladle cheese sauce on noodles and top with ham, gruyere cheese, breadcrumbs, and green onion


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