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Baked Mac & Cheese

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From EatingWell:  Winter 2004, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

Mac & cheese can be a true comfort on a gloomy day, and our healthy update takes advantage of extra-sharp Cheddar balanced with creamy low-fat cottage cheese and tucks a layer of spinach into the middle, which may help picky eaters down their vegetables. Whole-wheat pasta adds robust flavor and extra fiber.

4 servings | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture.
  3. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl until smooth; add to the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar until melted. Stir in cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  4. Cook pasta for 4 minutes, or until not quite tender. (It will continue to cook during baking.) Drain and add to the cheese sauce; mix well. Spread half the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the spinach on top. Top with the remaining pasta; sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Bake the casserole until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving : 576 Calories; 22 g Fat; 11 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 69 mg Cholesterol; 63 g Carbohydrates; 37 g Protein; 9 g Fiber; 917 mg Sodium; 403 mg Potassium

3 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

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

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