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This Month's Recipe: Classic Mac 'n' Cheese

Try Robyn's Classic Mac 'n' Cheese

Photo by Olga Berman.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat and 8 x 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a heavy bottomed 2-quart saucepan, combine 2 cups milk, half-and-half, onion, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Bring to a light boil, lower the heat, and simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes to allow the onion and spices to infuse into the milk. Using a strainer, strain the infused milk from the onion and spices and return the strained milk to the saucepan.
  3. While the milk is simmering, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook for 4-5 minutes. (This is less time than the package directions. You want the macaroni undercooked. This prevents the pasta from becoming too mushy in the casserole.) Drain, add to a large bowl, and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the remaining 3/4 cup of milk with the cornstarch. Whisk until well combined. Add half the milk mixture in the saucepan to the milk conrstarch mixture in the bowl and whisk for 1 minute. Add the milk cornstarch mixture back into the saucepan. Bring the entire mixture to a boil on medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium and cook until thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Mixture will still be on the thin side. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 4-5 minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from the stove. Whisk in the dry mustard, cheeses, salt, and pepper. Add the cheese sauce to the pasta and mix well. The mixture should look soupy.
  6. Pour the macaroni and cheese mixture into the prepared pan. Combine the fresh breadcrumbs and olive oil in a small bowl and mix well. Sprinkle the top of the macaroni and cheese with the bread topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes until topping is light brown and macaroni and cheese is bubbly.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups 1% milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 whole peppercorns
  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded reduced-fat extra sharp cheddar cheese(white or yellow)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Topping:

  • 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs (preferably made form Italian Bread, but whole wheat bread is fine
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Exchanges/Choices

  • Calories 185
  • Calories from Fat 40
  • Total Fat 4.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.3 g
  • Trans Fat 0.0 g
  • Cholesterol 10 mg

(2 Starch | 1 Meat)

  • Sodium 300 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 26 g
  • Dietary Fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 10 g