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Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese

Yield 10 servings (serving size: 1 cup).

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced peeled eggplant (about 3/4 pound)
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups cooked elbow macaroni (about 12 ounces uncooked)
  • Cooking spray
  • Dash of paprika

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

    Combine first 8 ingredients in a large shallow roasting pan; toss well. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 375°.

    Place flour in a large saucepan. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat 8 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Add provolone cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper; cook 3 minutes or until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in roasted vegetables and macaroni.

    Spoon mixture into a 3-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Combine remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and paprika, and sprinkle over macaroni mixture. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until bubbly.