This was a quick, easy variation of Mac and Cheese. I made a few slight changes: • used 3 oz cheddar and 1 oz mozzarella because I had it on hand • didn't have any spinach so I skipped it, but I'm sure it would be a good addition. • I only had penne pasta so I used that instead of corkscrews * didn't have any fresh tomatoes, so I drained a can of petite diced and warmed them in a pot before putting them on top. • put a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes on top for a tiny bit of heat. Both the recipe as is and with my changes calculated out to 10 WW points. I will make this again when I'm craving cheese. It would be great with a nice salad on the side but since I didn't have that either, a glass of red wine did the trick. ;)
Blush Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Serve with Celery and Parsley Salad.
Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups pasta and about 3 tomatoes)
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Total: 29 Minutes
Amount per serving
- Calories: 414
- Fat: 11.2g
- Saturated fat: 4.5g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
- Protein: 12.6g
- Carbohydrate: 59.5g
- Fiber: 5.1g
- Cholesterol: 24mg
- Iron: 3.4mg
- Sodium: 575mg
- Calcium: 155mg
- 8 ounces uncooked corkscrew pasta
- 1 (1-pint) container grape tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/4 cup diced shallots
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 ounces baby spinach leaves
- 4 ounces reduced-fat sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
- Celery and Parsley Salad
- 1. Preheat broiler to high.
- 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
- 3. While pasta cooks, place tomatoes on a jelly-roll pan lined with foil. Broil 8 minutes or until tomatoes are beginning to blacken.
- 4. While tomatoes cook, heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add diced shallots, minced garlic, and thyme; sauté 2 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add tomato paste; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, black pepper, and salt; bring to a boil. Cook 4 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add spinach, stirring constantly until spinach starts to wilt. Add shredded cheddar cheese, and stir until smooth. Stir in cooked pasta. Top with the roasted tomatoes.
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