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"Healthy" Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy "Healthy" macaroni and cheese recipe? Learn how to make "Healthy" macaroni and cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by dcfhockeyfoo

Makes 6 servings



Whole wheat pasta, skim milk, low-fat cheese

Recipe Ingredients for "Healthy" macaroni and cheese

16 oz whole wheat penne pasta
1 tomato, diced
1 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp cornstarch
4 cups skim milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
6 oz reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup basil

Recipe Directions for "Healthy" macaroni and cheese

  1. Heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling over high heat. Add pasta and cook 2 minutes less than label directs. Drain pasta; transfer to large bowl. Stir in tomatoes; set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In microwave-safe small bowl, heat 1 tablespoon margarine in microwave oven on high 20 seconds or until melted. Stir in panko and 1/4 cup grated Romano until blended; set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan, melt remaining tablespoon margarine over medium heat; add onion and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.

  4. In 4-cup liquid measuring cup, whisk cornstarch into milk until blended. Whisk milk mixture, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper into onion mixture in saucepan; heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Boil sauce 1 minute to thicken slightly. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in Cheddar, basil, and remaining Romano until cheeses melt. Stir cheese mixture into pasta mixture.

  5. Transfer pasta mixture to six 1 1/2-cup au gratin dishes or one 13" by 9" glass baking dish; top with panko mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until center is hot and top is lightly browned.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 341.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
628
Calories from Fat
187
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
20.8g
32%
Saturated Fat
9.8g
49%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
48mg
16%
Sodium
766mg
32%
Potassium
399mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates
81.4g
27%
Dietary Fiber
9.3g
37%
Sugars
10.8g
Protein
33.7g
Vitamin A 18% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 66% Iron 28%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • High in calcium
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