Lighter Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups whole grain or low-carb elbow pasta
  • 2 teaspoons butter or trans-free margarine
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs 
  • Directions
  • 1.   Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray
     2.
    Prepare the pasta according to the package directions (reduce the cooking time by 2 to 3 minutes). Drain.
    3.
    Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until browned. Whisk in the milk, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat for 5 minutes or until just boiling.
    4.
    Add 1 1/4 cups of the cheese and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until melted.
    5.
    Mix the pasta and cheese sauce and pour into the prepared baking dish. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and bread crumbs in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the casserole. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown.
    Credit: From Eat Up Slim down 2010.
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