13 febbraio 2013

Macaroni and Cheese

Predictable: Our classic Mac and Cheese, with its 1 1/4 pounds of cheese, has 640 calories and 30 fat grams per serving. Surprising: Our revamped version, with reduced-fat cheese and low-fat milk, is just as creamy and flavorful but has only 420 calories and 12 fat grams for the same serving size. Bonus: M&C Lite packs 5 grams fiber (whole wheat pasta!). Serve this at your next gathering, and be sure to have copies of the recipe — fans will be clamoring.

Serves: 4 
Yields: 4 main-dish servings
Total Time: 30 min
Oven Temp: Broil


  • 240 mls (2 1/2 cups) whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 20 mls cornstarch
  • 480 mls low-fat (1%) milk
  • 2 mls Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 120 mls reduced-fat (2%) pasteurized process cheese spread, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
  • 60 mls extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 79 mls freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 30 mls plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced

  1. Preheat broiler. With nonstick cooking spray, grease shallow 1 1/2-quart broiler-safe baking dish.
  2. Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling over high heat. Add pasta and cook as label directs.
  3. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, whisk cornstarch into milk; heat to boiling over medium heat, whisking occasionally. Boil 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat; whisk in mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Stir in cheese spread, Cheddar, and 1/4 cup Romano. (Cheese does not need to melt completely.) In small bowl, combine bread crumbs with remaining Romano.
  4. Drain pasta; return to saucepot. Stir cheese sauce into pasta; spoon into prepared baking dish. Arrange tomato slices on top; sprinkle with crumb mixture.
  5. Place baking dish in broiler, about 6 inches from source of heat. Broil macaroni mixture 2 to 3 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Let macaroni and cheese stand 5 minutes to set slightly for easier serving.

Nutritional Information
(per serving)
Total Fat12g
Saturated Fat7g
Total Carbohydrate59g
Dietary Fiber5g

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