Pair this comfort food recipe of creamy pasta with a serving of brightly colored seven-layer salad when you need to feed a small crowd in a hurry. (Serves 6)

Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese


Seven-layer salad Layer 6 cups torn iceberg lettuce, 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed and drained kidney beans, 2 cups diced tomatoes, 1 cup diced cucumbers, and 1 cup julienne-cut carrot in a large bowl. Combine 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream and 1/2 cup light ranch dressing; spread sour cream mixture over carrot. Top with 1/2 cup (2 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese; cover and chill.

Low-fat chocolate chip ice cream 


Total time: 40 minutes

1. While water for pasta comes to a boil:
• Assemble salad.

2. While pasta cooks:
• Prepare cheese sauce.