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Healthier Mac

One-Dish Dinner: Healthier Mac 'N' Cheese

Think outside of the box, literally, with this homemade mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s tastier and healthier!

  • Total Time

    50

    Mins

  • Prep Time

    20

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  • Cook Time

    30

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  • Servings

    12*

    people

  • Ingredients

    13

    items


Take your mac ’n’ cheese from monotone to multicolor! Add broccoli and tomatoes, and use lower fat ingredients, for a guilt-free one-dish meal you can make ahead and freeze. Better taste and nutrition make it worth the extra few minutes.

Ingredients

2 cups

multigrain elbow macaroni

4 tbsp

flour

½ tsp

salt

¼ tsp

ground black pepper

1 tsp

garlic powder

1 tsp

onion powder

4 tbsp

butter or margarine

1 cup

skim milk

1 cup

fat free half-and-half (or low fat cream)

2 cups

shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

2 cups

broccoli, rinsed, cut into small pieces

2

plum tomatoes, cut into ¼-in slices

¼ cup

whole wheat bread crumbs


directions

Step 1

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-by-12-inch baking dish or 2-quart casserole.

Step 2

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Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box and drain.

Step 3

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Mix the flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 4

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Melt the butter or margarine in a 2-quart pot over medium heat. Add the seasoned flour from Step 3 and whisk constantly until the mixture is thick and smooth (about 2 minutes).

Step 5

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Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisking constantly, gradually add the milk and half-and-half (or cream) until the mixture is smooth. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is very thick and smooth, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 6

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Reduce the heat to medium. Add the cheese, half a cup at a time, stirring thoroughly each time until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat. Add the cooked pasta from Step 2 and stir to combine.

Step 7

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Layer the bottom of a baking dish with the broccoli and tomatoes. Spoon the pasta and cheese over the vegetables. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the top is crisped and lightly browned.


Chef’s Note

Variations: Substitute equal amounts of whole wheat or multigrain pasta for elbow macaroni, or try different pasta shapes such as penne or rigatoni.

This recipe can easily be doubled so you always have some on hand in the freezer. Make sure the macaroni and cheese is completely cooled before you transfer it to the freezer. Store in a Ziploc® brand container. To reheat, remove the lid and microwave in 1-minute increments until heated through.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 main meal portion

Serving Amount

6

Calories

360

Calories From Fat

140

Total Fat

16g

Saturated Fat

10g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

45mg

Sodium

640mg

Total Carbohydrates

36g

Dietary Fiber

3g

Sugars

6g

Protein

19g