Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time

5 min

Cook Time

55 min

Servings

8

You'll love this made-over comfort food.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups skim milk, warmed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • pinch nutmeg, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 cups whole wheat macaroni elbows
  • pinch salt and pepper

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir until the mixture bubbles, about 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until mixture has thickened and come to a boil, about 10 minutes. Add the cheeses and spices and stir until just melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set sauce aside.

Step 2

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove cauliflower from pot and return water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender, according to the package directions. Drain noodles. Return noodles and cauliflower back to pot. Add the cheese sauce and stir to combine.

Step 3

Pour into a cast iron skillet or other baking dish, about 8 inches in diameter, or eight small ramekins. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 35 minutes.

Step 4

Handy Hint: Heating the milk to just below a boil in a separate pan makes it easier and faster to make the Mornay sauce.


Nutritional Information

Calories 188.3
Fat 6.9 g
Saturated fat 4.1 g
Polyunsaturated fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated fat 1.9 g
Cholesterol 19.3 g
Sodium 242 mg
Calories 515.1 mg
Carbs 22.3 g
Fiber 4.1 g
Protein 11.6 g


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