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Creamy Four-Cheese Macaroni

Photo: Oxmoor House
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
This lightened recipe for macaroni and cheese keeps all the cheesiness with half the fat and calories.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 2/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded fontina or Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded extra-sharp
  • cheddar cheese
  • 3 ounces light processed cheese (such as Velveeta Light)
  • 6 cups cooked elbow macaroni (about 3 cups uncooked)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup crushed onion melba toasts (about 12 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine, softened

Nutrition Information

  • calories 350
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 11.2 g
  • satfat 6.3 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 18 g
  • carbohydrate 42.4 g
  • fiber 2.1 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 497 mg
  • calcium 306 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a large saucepan. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly. Add cheeses; cook 3 minutes or until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in macaroni and salt.

  3. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Combine crushed toasts and butter in a small bowl; stir until well-blended. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Cook's Notes

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