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Macaroni & Cheese

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  55 Minutes
  4 servings
The sauce for this simple mac-and-cheese uses low-fat cottage cheese as its base. Just a cup of sharp Cheddar adds lots of flavor with not too much fat.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
8 ounces  whole-wheat elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups  low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup  nonfat milk divided
1 tablespoon  all-purpose flour
1 cup  shredded sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon  freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon  cayenne pepper
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons  freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons  fine dry breadcrumbs
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.


Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water; set aside. Puree cottage cheese in a food processor or blender until smooth; set aside.


Heat 3/4 cup milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat until steaming. Whisk together flour and the remaining 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl until smooth. Stir into the hot milk and cook, whisking, until the sauce is smooth and thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the pureed cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, nutmeg, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir in the cooked macaroni. Spoon into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Bake until bubbling and brown, about 35 minutes.


Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 422
Fat. Total: 12g
Protein: 30g
Carbohydrates, Total: 53g
Fat, Saturated: 6g
Fiber: 7g
Cholesterol: 37mg
Sodium: 696mg
% Cal. from Fat: 26%
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