ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Macaroni-and-Cheese

Yield 5 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
To gain an extra measure of flavor, I like to steep the milk with onion and herbs before making the sauce. Smoked Gouda works great for the second cheese.

Ingredients

  • 2 (1-ounce) slices white bread
  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 parsley sprigs
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (8 ounces uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) shredded smoked Gouda or Gouda cheese
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 360
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 11.8 g
  • satfat 6.6 g
  • monofat 3.2 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 21.2 g
  • carbohydrate 43.3 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • cholesterol 40 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 522 mg
  • calcium 496 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 2/3 cup. Set aside.

  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and next 6 ingredients (1 1/2 cups milk through garlic) in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a sieve into a large bowl; discard solids.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°.

  4. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually add 1/2 cup milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add flour mixture, mustard, salt, and red pepper to milk mixture, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in macaroni and cheeses; spoon into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.