Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

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Roasted Garlic Mac and CheeseRecipe
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire Spollen


We boost nutrition by using whole-grain pasta, and we rev up the flavor with quick microwave-roasted garlic. We prefer whole-grain pasta over whole-wheat pasta here; the flavor of the latter is rather strong--sometimes a touch bitter--and would over­-whelm the nice garlic notes.

Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)


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2 whole garlic heads
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons water
10 ounce whole-grain penne (such as Barilla)
2 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided (about 1 cup)
2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
Cooking spray


Hands-on: 24 Minutes
Total: 24 Minutes

1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Place garlic heads in a microwave-safe bowl; rub garlic heads with oil. Pour 3 tablespoons water into bottom of bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH for 4 minutes and 30 seconds or until garlic is very tender; cool slightly.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

4. Combine milk and flour in a medium saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook 3 minutes or until thickened; remove from heat. Stir in salt, pepper, 1 ounce cheddar, and mozzarella.

5. Separate garlic cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Place garlic pulp and 2 cups milk mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Stir garlic mixture into milk mixture. Add pasta; stir to coat. Spoon pasta mixture into 6 (10-ounce) ramekins or gratin dishes or a broiler-safe 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 3 ounces cheddar. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Let stand 5 minutes.

Created date

August 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 376
Fat 12.9 g
Satfat 6 g
Monofat 4.2 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 20 g
Carbohydrate 45 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 568 mg
Calcium 386 mg