Rachel Ray, What's for Dinner!

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So I am still cooking away trying to make the most out of what I spend. I love good food that I can make quickly and I love Rachel Ray recipes. They are so easy even I can follow them. That is saying a lot since I have two children who are angels until it is time for me to cook. If you are not able to follow written instructions click on the video link and watch as Rachel gives you a private lesson for the Ham and Mac.

Here what’s cooking in my Kitchen next week!

Freezer-To-Oven Mac and Cheese

Serves 4-6

DOUBLE THIS!!! It doesn’t take that much effort and it will save you time and money in the future.

Pre-heat broiler to high or oven to 400°F.

Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring it up to a boil to cook the pasta. Once at a boil, add some salt and the pasta, and cook just shy of al dente, according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a medium-size skillet over medium heat and add the butter. When the butter melts, add the flour and cook about a minute. Whisk in the milk, season with salt and ground black pepper, and bring up to a bubble. Turn the burner off and stir in the cheese in a figure-eight motion until it’s all melted.

When the pasta is done, drain it well and combine with sauce. Pour into baking dish and place under the broiler in or the oven to brown the cheese and enjoy.

Rachel’s Leftover idea!

Make a double batch, pour the pasta into a baking dish and stir in your favorite mix in. Let it stand on the counter until cooled, then wrap in plastic wrap and pop in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat it, it can go straight from the freezer into in a 400ºF oven. Cook for 1 hour, covered with foil, the take the foil off and bake for another 15-20 minutes to brown the top.

Amee’s Update- Stir in browned ground beef and a can of chopped tomatoes. Voila pizza bake. Serve it next week when you totally forgot to get dinner ready! (you can add these items after you unfreeze it or prior to freezing it. This also makes cheap and simple lunch.

or instead of the tomatoes and the beef throw in some bacon!!

I am in the mood to make a baked ham this week so I will be making the plain version of the mac and cheese for my picky son and baby daughter. I will make the gourmet version for my husband and myself. I will freeze half of each version for another meal.

Rachel Ray’s Ham and Cheese Mac

See Rachel cook it here


  • 1 pound cavatappi-shaped pasta

  • 1 bunch asparagus

  • Salt

    3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated

  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated

  • 3/4 pound thickly sliced French ham, chopped

  • A handful parsley, chopped

  • 4 sprigs tarragon, chopped

  • 2 handfuls Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

  • For the salad:

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (eyeball it)

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (eyeball it)

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1 English or European seedless cucumber, cut in half lengthwise then thinly sliced into half moons

Here is what you can do with the”extra” HAM

1) Baked ham buy a precooked ham warm for about 2 hours, brush with pineapple juice and brown sugar, baste with the juices, during the last 30 minutes place pineapples between the folds of the spiral ham

2) Quiche Lorraine for brunch

3) Rachel Ray’s  Ham and cheese Mac (1 for now 1 for later)

4) Ham and Brie Cheese on a Baguette with raspberry jam (courtesy of my sister Stacy and the brie is my “splurge” but at sam’s club a huge wheel is $6.00)

I can buy a Ham for around $20.00 I can turn it into 5 meal or more. This brings my meat cost down to $4.00 a meal. The amount of cooking time is basically nil after it is baked for the 2 hours. This means I can spend more time with my family and less time in my kitchen and whose doesn’t like that! It isn’t what you SAVE it is what you Spend and I am spending less on my meals and spending more time with the people I love.

What do you do with your left over ham??


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