Healthy Mac and Cheese

by Chelcie on January 20, 2012

Howdy

(did I really just say howdy?)

ANY who yesterday I made enough mac and cheese to feed an army..but it was only me and Molly eating

So I plan on eating the leftovers for dinner tonight, and maybe as a late night snack:)

Here’s how you make it!

Saute 1 small chopped onion in 2 tbsp butter (I used earth balance because that’s what we have) over medium heat

Let the onion saute for about 5 minutes and then add in 2 tbsp of flour

Stir the flour around for 2 minutes and then add in 3 cups of 1% milk

It was a little tricky to take a picture of this process..but that was my best effort lol

Then allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens

now its time to add the CHEESE..I added about 1 + 1/2 cups reduced fat sharp chedder, 1 cup mozzarella, and 1/4 cup goat cheese

Stir all together until all the cheese melts and then season with salt and pepper to taste

Then add in the cooked pasta (I used whole wheat elbow macaroni) and 1/4 cup pickled jalepenos.

I also added in about 2 cups of roasted broccoli. I roasted the broccoli at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes with just some cooking spray, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. You can pretty much add in anything you would like at this point..I’m thinking cooked chicken or roasted red peppers would be delicious

Pour the mac into a large baking dish and top with 1 cup panko bread crumbs and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 and then broil for 3 minutes so the top gets nice and brown

OH EM GEE THIS IS SO SO GOOD GAHHH. And its around 450 calories for a large serving..not bad!

I want some more right meow. Or maybe in a little bit cause I ate breakfast about an hour ago..or maybe it should be called lunch..brunch? #collegegirlproblems

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<3Chelcie

Question for ya!: Have you ever tried making a healthier version of mac and cheese?