Made-over Baked Mac & Cheese with Spinach

Made-over Baked Mac & Cheese with Spinach

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 576.6
  • Total Fat: 23.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 57.6 mg
  • Sodium: 875.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 60.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.3 g
  • Protein: 30.7 g

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Introduction

A comfort-food makeover, that uses creamy low-fat cottage cheese in place of some of the regular fat cheese. The spinach tucked into the middle adds a vegetable serving, and the whole-wheat pasta adds extra fiber. A comfort-food makeover, that uses creamy low-fat cottage cheese in place of some of the regular fat cheese. The spinach tucked into the middle adds a vegetable serving, and the whole-wheat pasta adds extra fiber.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    3 Tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs
    1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    1 16-oz or 10-oz package frozen spinach, thawed
    1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
    1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    Freshly ground pepper to taste
    8 ounces (2 cups dry) whole-wheat elbow macaroni or penne

Directions

1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat over to 450F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture.
3. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl until smooth; add to the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar until melted. Stir in cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
4. Cook pasta for 4 minutes, or until not quite tender (It will continue to cook during baking). Drain and add to the cheese sauce; mix well. Spread half the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the spinach on top. (You may add a dash of additional salt to spinach now). Top with the remaining pasta; sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.
5. Bake the casserole until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user FLERLY.

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