Queso de Bola Mac & Cheese with Hamon

This cheesy queso de bola & cheese with hamon recipe is the answer on how to spice up these two ingredients commonly served as is during the holidays.
Difficulty
Easy
Servings
4 servings
Prep Time
10 Mins
Active Time
45 Mins

For this recipe, we're bringing everyone’s favorite noche buena ingredients into a bowl that absolutely no one can complain about. You can make this queso de bola mac & cheese with hamon together for a beautifully baked casserole that is indulgent and creamy, with a hint of sweetness.

We’ve partnered with Coke to bring you this recipe, which is guaranteed to make your noche buena even more exciting. Imagine a refreshing glass of the beloved cola after a rich bite of some mac and cheese.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 cups full milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 cup + ½ cup queso de bola, grated
  • 1 cup cooked ham, chopped
  • 1 tbsp mustard or mustard powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
1

Preheat an oven to the broiler setting, about 500F.

2

In a large pot or skillet over medium-high heat, heat the butter until brown and nutty, about 5 mins.

3

Add the flour and whisk well. Cook for 3 mins or until the flour loses its raw flavor and the brown butter has slightly thickened.

4

Add the milk and water to the pot. Stir constantly to ensure no lumps form.

5

Add the pasta and cook for about 6-8 mins, or until the noodles are just al dente and almost all of the liquid has been absorbed.

6

Turn off the heat and add in cheddar cheese, jack cheese, and 1 cup of queso de bola, ham, and mustard or mustard powder.

7

Stir until all the cheese has melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

8

Transfer the mac & cheese to an oven-safe dish or skillet.

9

Top with the remaining ½ cup of queso de bola. Place in the broiler for 2-4 mins or until the top is bubbling and slightly golden browned.

10

Serve immediately.

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