A lighter Mac N' Cheese

A lighter Mac N' Cheese
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 512.1
  • Total Fat: 15.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 37.2 mg
  • Sodium: 389.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 74.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.8 g
  • Protein: 19.5 g

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Introduction

Being somewhat addicted to Macaroni and Cheese - a cheat mean, a treat meal, a food that I cannot say "no" to... I decided I needed a healthier version, hopefully a little lighter on the calories, but definitely more wholesome and amp'ed up nutrition. After reviewing a few recipes, I used a Cooking Light Recipe as an inspiration (see link: www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/recipe-m
akeovers/light-macaroni-cheese) and tweaked it to my own liking.
Being somewhat addicted to Macaroni and Cheese - a cheat mean, a treat meal, a food that I cannot say "no" to... I decided I needed a healthier version, hopefully a little lighter on the calories, but definitely more wholesome and amp'ed up nutrition. After reviewing a few recipes, I used a Cooking Light Recipe as an inspiration (see link: www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/recipe-m
akeovers/light-macaroni-cheese) and tweaked it to my own liking.

Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    3 cups roasted and pureed (cubed then roasted) (1 - 1 lb squash)
    12 oz Vegetable Broth
    8 oz (1 cup) Almond Milk (no-flavored)
    1 1/2 cup of leeks (sliced - half moons)
    1 cup of white wine
    1/2 cup sweet onion (diced)
    2 garlic cloves, peeled
    5 oz Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
    1 1/2 cups of shredded 3 Cheese Blend (Asiago, Parmesan, Pecorino) (reserve 1/2 cup for topping)
    4 oz. Brie (Rhine removed)
    2 lbs (boxes) Large Rigatoni
    1 tbsp Olive Oil
    1 cup Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    3 tbsp Butter (salted)
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
    3 tbsp of Flour

Tips

Add a little garlic powder and melted butter to the breadcrumbs for flavor.

Remove from oven and let sit for about 15 to 20 minutes to avoid 3rd degree mouth burns


Directions



Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup (one heaping scoop of a large serving spoon)

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user S.INTHEBIGCITY.

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