Pasta and Grains: Pasta and Noodle Dishes: Marvelicious Mac and Cheese
This yummy mac-and-cheese, made lower-fat, is sure to please the family!
Per serving: 266 calories and 6.6g fat.
Saves: Up to 528 calories and 32g fat over traditional store-bought and restaurant dishes.
Author: Recipe courtesy of 3-A-Day of Dairy
Date: November 09, 2010
Serves: 6 person(s)
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Extra Time: 10 mins (for cooking macaroni noodles)
Traditional macaroni and cheese has oodles of fat and calories, in particular store-bought and restaurant variations.
The healthier, yet flavorful Marvelicious Mac and Cheese uses low-fat sharp cheese and fat-free milk, versus the higher fat cheeses, whole milk and extra butter found in rich store-bought and restaurant dishes.
| Recipe Makeover|
2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni (7 oz)
2 1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 Tbsp reduced-fat buttery spread
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 cup shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese (such as Cabot 50% fat or Trader Joe's Lite)
| Traditional Recipe|
5 Tbsp butter, plus 1 Tbsp more for baking pan
16 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
6 cup milk (3.25% fat)
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 1/2 tsp Celtic or Kosher salt
1/4 tsp black or white pepper
Preheat oven to 375║F. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat milk and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour, salt and dry mustard. Simmer for 1 minute, whisking occasionally.
Remove from heat; stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted. Add drained macaroni to saucepan and toss with cheese sauce. Transfer mixture to an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven, uncovered until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Optional topping: Prior to baking, sprinkle 1/2 cup additional shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese over the top of the casserole.
Add color and extra nutrition: SautÚ some chopped red bell pepper and broccoli florets in the butter before adding the flour for a gourmet version of this comforting creation.
Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.
|Calories:||266 cals||794 cals|
|Kilojoules:||1,112 kJ||3,320 kJ|
|Fat||6.6 g||38.6 g|
|Carbohydrates||34.9 g||78.5 g|
|Protein||17.3 g||34.0 g|
|Cholesterol||18.2 mg||119.0 mg|
|Sodium||360 mg||857 mg|
|Saturated Fat||3.8 g||24.0 g|
|Fiber||1.3 g||2.7 g|
|Calcium||355.0 mg||582.0 mg|
|Total Sugars||5.8 g||14.3 g|