January 16, 2012

Homemade, Heathier Mac and Cheese

I met Tim over 10 years ago. We met in high school. When we used to go out to eat, he pretty much ate the same things: chicken parmesan, chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. Since then he has opened his pallet to new things but I like to make some of his favorite meals every once in awhile. So when I saw this recipe on myrecipes.com for healthier mac and cheese, I jumped on it. And it was a hit! So I wanted to share this since its healthier, fast, delicious and a big hit in our home.
First let's grab all of the ingredients:

4 cups of uncooked macaroni (elbow is recommended but I have used different types and its a hit)
3 tbsp. flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup (2 oz.) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. Dijon mustard (spicy works well too)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. bottled minced garlic
1 1/4 cups (5 oz.) shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese (it can be mixed. I used different reduced fat cheeses)

While the pasta is cooking, place the flour, salt and pepper in a large saucepan. Whisk it together.

Turn the burner to medium heat while whisking the milk into the flour mixture. Make sure you mix it well.

After the milk is mixed in well, start to whisk in the softened cream cheese in parts.

After it is mixed in, bring the sauce to a boil while constantly whisking. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes to let the sauce thicken. While thats simmering, measure out the cheese. (I always throw a little extra in there)

Then stir in the minced garlic, mustard and worcestershire sauce and simmer for 1 minute. Remove it from the heat and begin stirring in the cheese until it melts. Then combine the pasta.

YUM! It is really delicious. Its creamy and you would never know that it was a healthier version. A cup and a half of it is around 252 calories!

You can even add different things to it. Hot dogs, chicken or veggies. This time I added steam broccoli and it was delicious.

Have you remade any of your favorite dishes? Tim was really excited when I made over one of his favorites so it was a little healthier.

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