Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Recipe Renovation: Macaroni and Cheese

POINTS® Value: 5
Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 18 min
Cooking Time: 40 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

This rich, creamy mac and cheese was a shoo-in for this week's "Family-Friendly" recipe series.


12 oz uncooked macaroni, elbow-type
1/2 cup(s) fat-free sour cream
12 oz fat-free evaporated milk
8 oz low-fat cheddar or colby cheese
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp dried bread crumbs
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Cook pasta according to package directions without added fat or salt; drain and transfer to a large bowl. While pasta is still hot, stir in sour cream; set aside.

Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until tiny bubbles appear just around the edges (known as scalding). Reduce heat to low, add cheese and simmer until cheese melts, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, about 2 minutes; remove from heat and stir in mustard, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Add cheese mixture to pasta; mix well. Transfer to a 4-quart casserole dish.

Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over pasta.

Bake until top is golden, about 30 minutes. Yields about 1 cup per serving

Recipe Courtesy of Weightwatchers online. Looks yummy enough to give it a try :)

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Diane said...

mmmm mac & cheese. Anything with cheese on it does it for me. Thanks for this recipe...gotta try it out!

Kansas Mom said...

Looks good to me, too! We have a mac & cheese recipe we absolutely love, but it's incredibly unhealthy so we only make it about four times a year. (It's so yummy we almost feel guilty eating it on Fridays during Lent.) It would be nice to have a more reasonable recipe to try. Thanks!