Monday, April 5, 2010

Hearty Macaroni & Cheese $2.81(WoW!)

This recipe might come back a few times with different variations!  I like this recipe, but must admit I am not certain this is "exactly" what I follow each time.  Barbara has a yummy recipe she likes as well, but since I based the shopping list on this recipe, we're using my recipe this time around.  Expect to see this item with a different recipe in the summer.

To make mealtime easier, you may assemble the dish earlier in the day and refrigerate;  allow a little extra baking time if taking directly from the refrigerator.  For a browner top, run the baked casserole under the broiler for two to three minutes.

Hearty Macaroni & Cheese
12 ounces elbow macaroni .99
1 1/2 cups reduced fat cottage cheese
1 tbsp flour .05
1 1/2 cups 1% milk.20
1/2 tsp salt.05
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper.02
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (6 oz).90
2/3 cup thinly sliced green onions.20
2 Tbsp dijon mustard .10
2 Tbsp plan dried bread crumbs.10
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese.20

Cook noodles until JUST TENDER - do not overcook
in a food processor or blender, puree the cottage cheese until smooth - approx. 1 minute
place flour in a large sauce pan over medium heat and whisk in the milk - bring to a low boil and add salt & peppers.  Cook, whisking continuously until th emixture is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes - then  add the cottage cheese puree, 1 1/4 cups of the cheddar cheese, the green onion and mustard until combined and melted - another minute or so.  Add the cheese mixture to the macaroni and toss to combine.

Place macaroni mixture into a 1 1/2 to 2 quart sprayed with cooking spray.  Top with the remaining cheddar chesse, bread crumbs & parm cheese and then bake for 25 minutes or until the top is crusty and lightly browned.

Note:  I used whole wheat Rotini in the picture on top photo - I also used small, individual serving dishes because they are fun to eat from on occasion! - Barbara's version is right here - big pan, bow tie pasta  - and lots of creamy goodness with NO BUTTER!

1 comment:

  1. The Mac n Cheese was a big success here. I really liked the creamy texture that the cottage cheese left combined with the cheddar cheese. we all ready talked about variations to this entre- sausage, ham, the ever popular bacon, mushrooms, brocolli(yum!) no butter in this Kim!!