Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Kohlbrabi
2 cups pasta (I used whole wheat rotini)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese (or a blend of cheddar cream cheese)
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 onion, minced
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 pound ham, sliced (I used deli ham)
1 kohlrabi, peeled and cut into matchsticks
Start by peeling the kohlrabi. I used a y-shaped vegetable peeler, but a paring knife works as well. You want to remove all of the tough, outer layer. Cut into matchsticks or bite sized pieces.
Bring water to a boil, and cook the kohlrabi until tender, about 5 minutes or so. Drain. This smells like cooking cabbage, which isn't the most appealing. Power through.
In the same pot, bring more water to a boil to cook pasta.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook for 3 minutes.
Gradually whisk in milk.
Stir in onion and paprika and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened. About 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in pasta, kohlrabi, and ham.
Pour into a prepared baking dish, top with breadcrumbs, and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.