Jalapeño Macaroni & Ham Bake

10  Ratings
  • 10 min prep
  • 60 min total
  • Makes 8 servings.

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.

Jalapeño Macaroni & Ham Bake Recipe


  • 2 pkg.  (7-1/4 oz. each) macaroni and cheese dinner
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 15 slices deli-style honey ham, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 pepper Jack cheese slice, coarsely chopped
  • 18 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped


  • 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.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseServe with your favorite steamed vegetable.

SubstituteSubstitute a serrano chile or canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce for the jalapeño pepper.

Jalapeño Macaroni & Ham RingSubstitute 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.


Nutrition Information

Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 460 
    • Total fat 24 g
    • Saturated fat 7 g
    • Cholesterol 135 mg
    • Sodium 940 mg
    • Carbohydrate 43 g
    • Dietary fiber 2 g
    • Total sugars 7 g
    •     Includes added sugars n/a
    • Protein 17 g
    • Vitamin A 25 %DV
    • Vitamin C 6 %DV
    • Vitamin D n/a
    • Calcium 20 %DV
    • Iron 15 %DV
    • Potassium n/a
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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