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Macaroni and Four Cheese Recipe

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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Inexpensive
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Macaroni and Four Cheese

Photo by: Christopher Hirsheimer

This creamy, crumb-topped macaroni-and-cheese gets is bright orange color and a big nutritional boost from puréed winter squash. Don’t tell and no one will ever know. They’ll just thank you for making their favorite cheesy comfort meal.

Yield: Serves 8

INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking spray
  • One 16-ounce box elbow macaroni
  • Two 10-ounce packages frozen pureed winter squash
  • 2 cups lowfat milk
  • 1 1/3 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 9 × 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook the macaroni according the package directions. Drain and transfer to the prepared baking dish.

Meanwhile, place the frozen squash and milk in a large saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the squash with a spoon until it is defrosted. Turn the heat up to medium and cook until the mixture is almost simmering, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheddar. Jack cheese, ricotta, salt, mustard, and cayenne. Pour this mixture over the macaroni and stir to combine.

Combine the bread crumbs. Parmesan, and oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and cheese. Bake until the cheeses are bubbling around the edges, about 20 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes so the top is crisp and nicely browned.


© 2008 Ellie Krieger
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Nutritional information is provided by the author.

Serving Size: 2 cups

Per Serving:
Calories: 390
Total Fat: 11g
Mono: 1g
Poly: 0.5g
Sat: 6g
Protein: 18g
Carb: 56g
Fiber: 3.5g
Chol: 35mg
Sodium: 547mg

Excellent Source of Calcium, Folate, Manganese, Niacin, Protein, Selenium, Thiamin, Vitamin A.

Good Source of Fiber, Iron, Phosphorus, Riboflavin.

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