Friday, January 11, 2008

healthy macaroni and cheese? It's possible!

This recipe has only 392 calories per serving. It also contains 18 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fiber.

1 pound macaroni
2 cups pureed winter squash
2 cups 1 percent lowfat milk
1 1/3 cup grated extra-sharp cheddar
2/3 cup grated monterrey jack cheese
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon powdered mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons unseasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
1 teaspoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9 by 13-inch pan with cooking spray.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to bowl.

Meanwhile, place the squash and milk into a saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally until mixture is almost simmering. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, salt, mustard and cayenne pepper. Pour cheese mixture over the macaroni and stir to combine. Transfer the macaroni and cheese to the baking dish.

Combine bread crumbs, parmesan and oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni. Bake for 20 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes so the top is crisp.

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