Cooking Light's Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese
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- 4 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 1⁄4 cups nonfat milk
- 1⁄4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 1⁄4 cups reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
- Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside.
- While the pasta cooks, place flour, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan.
- Add milk, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Drop cream cheese by teaspoonfuls into milk mixture; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes or until thick and cream cheese melts, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in mustard, Worcestershire, and garlic; simmer 1 minute.
- Remove from heat.
- Add cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese melts.
- Combine pasta and cheese sauce in a large bowl; toss well.
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Yummo! I was looking for a light version of Mac and cheese and stumbled across this one. I did make a couple of modifications, but the flavor was great. My modifications included making a roux with flour and butter (3 T each). While making the roux, I put in dry mustard (1 TB) at that time, instead of using wet mustard later. After combining everything, I ended up baking it at 375 topped with Panko bread crumbs. I question the nutritional information, because 1/6 of what I made (including butter/cheese and panko) has the following profile (according to the Living Cookbook): 243.9 cals, 13.4 g fat, 17.8 g carbs, 12.2 g protein and 0.6 g fiber. This one's a keeper!
This was good, but I felt it needed a little bit of something. I halved the recipe which is still enough for about four people. Next time, I will half the noodles, milk, cream cheese, and cheese and leave everything else the same. Overall, a very good guilt free substitute for fat full mac n cheese. Thanks!
My new favorite Mac & Cheese recipe. Makes it a little more enjoyable when there is a little less guilt involved. I used whole wheat macaroni and added a bunch of broccoli to give it a little extra health perks. Very good, I'll make it again for sure. Next time I'll probably add a little less mustard and worcestershire.