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What's For Dinner Issue #1

Updated on January 22, 2013
Ham with caramelized onions, green beans and mac-n-cheese.
Ham with caramelized onions, green beans and mac-n-cheese. | Source

What's For Dinner Tonite?

This is the beginning of a new series here in Back Porch Stories. Often we are tired at the end of a working day and our minds simply want to retire from creativity or actions that require complexity. Well it is time to relax and let this series be a source for easy and great tasting meals, so your mind can recoup from a hectic day!

In this first of a series, is an easy to prepare, satisfying and delicious tasting meal that is inexpensive, quick and easy to prepare. Ham is always a family favorite along with the good old mac-n-cheese. Explore this version of a traditional meal that can be stepped up with a few simple touches.

Cast your vote for Ham Dinner

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serving for family of four


  • 1 box of favorite Mac-n-cheese
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 stick or 1/2 cup butter or margerine
  • one medium onion
  • 4 slices, 1/2 inch thick ham
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dill weed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  1. PREP FIRST: Cut onion in half, remove skin and end piece, then slice for sauteing. Set aside. Fill a medium sauce pan with water and a dash of salt for boiling the noodles (check instructions for amount of water from your favorite mac-n-cheese mix). Have ready 4 slices, 1/2 inch thick of ham from either a precooked ham or you can go to your local deli and they can slice the ham 1/2 inch thick for you. Open can of green beans and drain excess water.
  2. TIME TO COOK! Begin your water to boil for the mac-n-cheese, cook according to box instructions. In large fry pan, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter and turn burner to medium high. Once butter melts and is hot, throw in the onions. In medium fry pan place 1 tablespoon butter and throw in the green beans, with burner on medium and cover with lid. Keep eye on those onions, stirring every few minutes. Water should be ready by now to add noodles.
  3. Once onions began to become translucent, scoot to the sides of the pan then add the four slices of ham into the middle of pan. Don't forget your green sure to stir from time to time and turn down to low heat, keeping covered.
  4. Once noodles are done, drain. Before returning to pan, add the milk, 1/4 stick of butter, the cheese mix and 2 tablespoons of dill weed (use less if you have fresh dill) into your warm pan. Pepper to taste and mix well and then add back in the noodles and mix well with the sauce.
  5. Continue to brown the onions and ham, turning and stirring from time to time. If all works out great, the ham and noodles should be ready around the same time. Green beans are done and simply holding on the stove to keep warm.
  6. TIME TO EAT!!! Before you serve the beans, salt and pepper to taste. Place the onions on top of each slice of ham, then add the mac-n-cheese to the plate. Time to serve dinner and enjoy this easy and quick old time favorite!


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