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    Lighter Macaroni and Cheese

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    25 mins

    5 mins

    20 mins

    Reddyrat's Note:

    I found this recipe in the Low-Fat cookbook published by Cook's Illustrated. I used, as was recommended by the cookbook, Cabot brand 50% cheddar. The cheese looked pretty white, but the final recipe had a yellow tinge. This cheese is sold in block form. Block low-fat cheese generally melt better than pre-shredded low-fat cheese.

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    1. 1
      Bring a large pot of water to a boil with about 2 teaspoons of salt.
    2. 2
      Add macaroni and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Drain and set aside.
    4. 4
      In same pot, add evaporated milk, salt, mustard, garlic, and 1/2 cup milk.
    5. 5
      Bring to a boil and then simmer about 2 minutes.
    6. 6
      Combine 1/4 cup milk and cornstarch.
    7. 7
      Add to saucepan.
    8. 8
      Simmer about 5 minutes or until thickened.
    9. 9
      Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir until cheese is melted.
    10. 10
      Add macaroni and let sit for about 5 minutes until thickened.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 29, 2008


      This was very good! I think I used a colby jack cheese. I grabbed the first one out of the freezer. I do think there was a bit too much sauce for the amount of pasta called for. Other than that, I think it was delish! This was made for PAC 2008.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lighter Macaroni and Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (151 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 288.8
    Calories from Fat 64
    Total Fat 7.2 g
    Saturated Fat 4.0 g
    Cholesterol 24.8 mg
    Sodium 325.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 43.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 0.8 g
    Protein 11.8 g

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    reduced-fat cheese

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