Reduced-Fat Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Submitted by jenlea

Makes 4 servings



America's Test Kitchen version of a recipe for reduced-fat macaroni and cheese

Recipe Ingredients for Reduced-Fat Macaroni and Cheese

1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter , melted
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon mustard powder
2 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)

Recipe Directions for Reduced-Fat Macaroni and Cheese

  1. For the Topping:

  2. 1. Toss bread crumbs with butter in small bowl until combined. Set aside.

  3. For the Macaroni and Cheese:

  4. 2. In food processor or blender, process cheddar, Parmesan, and ricotta until no large pieces of cheese remain, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl and set aside.

  5. 3. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat broiler. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in Dutch oven over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and macaroni and cook until tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain macaroni and leave in colander.

  6. 4. In now-empty Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour and mustard and cook, whisking to combine ingredients, until mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. Whisking constantly, slowly add milk and Tabasco, if using, and bring to full boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking frequently, until mixture becomes slightly thicker than heavy cream, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Whisk in cheese mixture and 1/2 teaspoon salt until cheese is melted. Add pasta and cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat, until mixture is steaming, 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. 5. Transfer mixture to broilersafe 8-inch-square baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Broil until crumbs are deep golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes, rotating pan if necessary for even browning. Cool 2 minutes. Serve.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 293.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
517
Calories from Fat
164
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
18.2g
28%
Saturated Fat
9.9g
49%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
54mg
18%
Sodium
2534mg
106%
Potassium
338mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates
61.2g
20%
Dietary Fiber
1.9g
8%
Sugars
9.7g
Protein
26.0g
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 50% Iron 22%
* 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 selenium
  •   Bad points
  • Very high in sodium
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