Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese - Egg noodles, parsley, and diced ham mixed with cream and lots of cheeses!!

I can’t remember the first time I had this recipe, but it was years ago and my one sister, Tara, made for one of our Sunday dinners. It quickly became a favorite Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I don’t know if it’s the white sauce or the chunks of ham, but the recipe is PHENOMENAL and we’ve been making it ever since we first tried it years back. The recipe comes Giada De Laurentiis of Food Network, and if you’ve ever seen her show or tried any of her recipes, then you’d know just how good they are.

Over the past several years, this recipe has also become a staple at our Luna Thanksgiving meal. Yes, we have Mac and Cheese, and it’s always one of the first recipes gone. Not sure if you guys have it as well, but in case you do you should definitely give it a try. I promise it will become a favorite in no time. 😉 Like I said… maybe it’s the heavy cream or the 3 kinds of cheeses in it, but this Mac and Cheese is absolutely sinful and will be loved by all. We usually have it as a side dish, but it’s great as a main dish too. I promise, your kids won’t be disappointed and neither will you!

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese - Egg noodles, parsley, and diced ham mixed with cream and lots of cheeses!!

Yes, there’s a reason Giada has her own cooking show! The chick has got skills and knows what she is doing!! This should just be a further testament as to how good this dish is. 🙂

I know we’ll definitely be making it for Thanksgiving and for many more Sunday dinners to come!

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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese - noodles in heavy cream and 3 kinds of cheeses along with chunks of ham. It's a recipe everyone will love!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 790 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 12 oz egg noodles wide
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt plus more
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 cups fontina packed, grated
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese packed, finely grated
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese packed, grated
  • 4 oz ham cooked and diced
  • 2 tbsp parsely fresh, finely chopped


  • Butter a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside.
  • Cook the noodles according to package directions. Add salt to water for boiling. Do not rinse noodles.
  • In a lager bowl, whisk the cream, milk, flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper to.
  • Stir in 1 cup Fontina, ½ cup Parmesan, ½ cup mozzarella, ham and parsley. Add the noodles and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to your prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1 cup Fontina, ¼ cup Parmesan, and ¼ cup mozzarella. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the noodle mixture.
  • Bake at 450 for approx 20 minutes. Until sauce is bubbly and the cheese melts, slightly browning on top, about 20 minutes.
  • Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

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 Recipe from Giada De Laurentiis.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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