From Everyday Health
Love mac n’ cheese, but hate how heavy it leaves you feeling? Here’s a recipe that lets you enjoy this creamy comfort food for a lot less calories and fat. Creamy Cheesy Macaroni — a super easy recipe from the New Mayo Clinic Diet Online – uses a decadent yet light combo of fat-free and reduced fat cheeses and skips the refined white flour pasta in favor of healthy whole wheat elbow macaroni. Summery sliced cherry tomatoes add a touch of color and flavor. The best part: This recipe is foolproof to follow, even for a novice chef, and can easily feed a crowd. Yum!
Creamy Cheesy Macaroni
• 1 package (14.5 ounces) whole-wheat elbow macaroni
• 1 1/2 cups fat-free cottage cheese
• 2 tablespoon canola oil
• 1/2 cup flour
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 2 cups skim milk
• 2 cups reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
• 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, blend cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.
In a large saucepan over a medium heat, combine oil, flour, pepper and garlic powder; stir until mixed. Gradually stir in the milk and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes or until thickened and smooth. Add the blended cottage cheese and cheddar cheese, stirring until melted.
Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. After the macaroni has been cooked and drained, place it in the prepared casserole dish. Pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni and mix until blended. Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes or until heated through. Top with tomatoes just before serving.