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Two-Cheese Mac and Cheese

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.

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)

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)

Preparation

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.

Note:

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 358
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 6.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.9g
  • Protein: 14.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 40.7g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 409mg
  • Calcium: 170mg
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