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Ham Mac and Cheese Soup from The Food Charlatan
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5 from 3 votes

Ham Mac and Cheese Soup

This easy soup comes together in about 30 minutes! It is a huge crowd pleaser, especially for kids. Who doesn't love the ham and cheese combo? It would be perfect to serve on Halloween or any busy weeknight!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Karen


  • 3 cups macaroni noodles dry
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard more to taste
  • 28 ounces chicken broth 3 and 1/2 cups *
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 pound cheddar cheese about 5 cups, shredded
  • 2 cups ham diced, use leftovers, or buy a ham steak
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium pot, cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain as soon as they are al dente. Add a little oil and stir so they don't stick if you are not ready to add them to the soup right away.
  • Meanwhile, in a large soup pot melt the butter over medium heat.
  • When it is hot, add the flour and mustard. Use a whisk stir it up.
  • Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and half and half. Turn the heat up to medium-high, and stir constantly until the mixture comes to a low boil, about 5 minutes.
  • Immediately reduce the heat to low and stir in the shredded cheese.
  • Stir in the macaroni and ham. Keep the burner on low until it is as warm as you like.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • This is great served with a big salad and bread. If you want some veggies in your soup, frozen peas make the perfect addition. Just add them with the macaroni and heat on low until thawed.


*I used water and 3 and 1/2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base.
Source: This recipe is a classic from Land O Lakes! I made a few adjustments.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 984mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 418mg | Iron: 1mg