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Tuna-&-Tomato Mac & Cheese

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/tuna_tomato_mac_cheese.html

From EatingWell:  March/April 2011

Tuna mac & cheese takes a trip to the Southwest with spicy tomato and festive blue tortilla chips on top. Canned tomatoes with green chiles and ancho chile powder add a peppery kick, but if you like, you can keep it mellow by using a 14-ounce can of drained petite diced tomatoes and mild chili powder.

4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk flour and 2 tablespoons milk in a small bowl. Heat the remaining milk in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat until steaming.
  4. Gradually whisk a few tablespoons of the hot milk into the milk-flour mixture, then whisk this mixture back into the skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in Cheddar, pepper Jack, chile powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Puree cottage cheese in a food processor or blender until very smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Stir into the sauce in the skillet. Add tuna and the pasta; stir well to coat with the sauce. Sprinkle drained tomatoes evenly over the top.
  6. Bake until hot and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Top with crumbled tortilla chips.

Nutrition

Per serving : 447 Calories; 11 g Fat; 6 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 38 mg Cholesterol; 55 g Carbohydrates; 34 g Protein; 5 g Fiber; 723 mg Sodium; 395 mg Potassium

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 reduced-fat milk, 1/2 vegetable, 1 1/2 medium fat meat

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