Mac & Three Cheeses with Whipping Cream and Ham

Mac & Three Cheeses with Whipping Cream and Ham

Servings: 4-6

Cook time: 30 Minutes


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb / dry rigatoni
  • 4 cups / heavy cream
  • 1 tsp / smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp / cayenne pepper
  • 3 shakes / of your favorite hot sauce, optional
  • 8 oz / cream cheese
  • 8 oz / Gouda, shredded
  • 1 lb / 1/4 inch thick ham slices, diced
  • 1 cup / panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup / grated Romano pecorino
  • 1/2 cup / sliced scallions, optional


  1. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente, then drain and set aside.
  2. Combine the cream, paprika, cayenne and hot sauce if using, in a skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and simmer until the cream mixture is reduced by half and thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the cream cheese and Gouda until fully melted. Stir in the ham and cooked pasta and continue to mix until fully combined.
  3. Stir together the panko, pecorino and scallions if using in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the panko mixture evenly over the mac and cheese.
  4. (Alternatively, you can make the mac and cheese in a 12-inch enameled cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, then top with the panko mixture and bake in a 400 degrees oven for 10 minutes.)