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Two-Cheese Mac and Cheese

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)
Indulge in Two-Cheese Mac and Cheese—our lighter version of the comfort food favorite. Because Two-Cheese Mac and Cheese uses unsalted stock, it eliminates a lot of added sodium.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounce large elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 1/4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 8 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 358
  • fat 15 g
  • satfat 6.1 g
  • monofat 5.6 g
  • polyfat 1.9 g
  • protein 14.4 g
  • carbohydrate 40.7 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • cholesterol 31 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 409 mg
  • calcium 170 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Set aside.

  2. Preheat broiler to high.

  3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes or until garlic is fragrant, stirring frequently (do not brown). Stir in 1 cup stock; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Combine remaining 1 1/4 cups stock, milk, and flour; stir with a whisk until flour dissolves. Add milk mixture to garlic mixture, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove milk mixture from heat; add cream cheese, stirring until smooth. Stir in salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta to milk mixture, tossing to coat. Let stand 5 minutes. Pour pasta mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle cheddar evenly over pasta mixture. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Let stand 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes

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