Macaroni and Cheese is one of my go-to comfort foods.
Especially this time of year. Even though it’s not very cold here, it’s technically winter. Which means that I want warm cozy dinners, blankets, and the occasional fire in the fireplace.
Even if it’s 70 degrees outside.
I can’t usually justify the fire. But I can definitely make up comfort foods and curl up under a cozy blanket with a cup of tea.
I’ve been playing with recipes and I came up with this Spicy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Ham – and we all love it. It’s creamy and cheesy and has just the right amount of spice without being super hot. Though you could always ramp up the heat with some jalapenos if you like things super spicy.
It’s great with macaroni but I really love using Cavatappi most of the time. If you haven’t had it before, it’s like macaroni, but longer and a little curly, with these yummy little ridges in the pasta that seem to hold the sauce a little better. They’re my favorite.
I added ham so it makes the perfect main dish – though you could change it up with chicken, sausage, or beef. All you need to add is a salad and you have a super easy meal.
I hope you give it a try!