Cookstr.com

Mac and Cheese

With just a few modifications, even your favorite comfort foods can fit into a life long heart-healthy eating plan.

Nutrition Note: Substituting leaner cheese and adding the Parmesan at the end lowers the fat but maximizes the flavor.

10 servings

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course, side dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, healthy, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturecheesy, creamy, crisp, rich, savory, sharp, umami

Type of Dishbaked pasta, pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2½ cups nonfat milk
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 large ripe tomato, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a screw-top jar, combine flour with ½ cup of the nonfat milk to form a smooth paste. Set aside.

  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt margarine; add remaining milk, paprika, mustard, hot sauce, salt and pepper, stirring constantly. When milk is hot, gradually stir in reserved flour mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add cheddar cheese; stir until melted. Stir macaroni into cheese sauce. Transfer to a 2-quart casserole. Arrange tomato slices over top, pushing edges of each slice into macaroni. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED RECIPES

Free recipes, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Reviews

I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

Close

Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook
Google
Twitter
OR
Sign In using Email and Password