Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

The more cheese the merrier in this baked macaroni recipe, which also features butternut squash and whole-grain pasta.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 8 ounces dried whole-grain elbow macaroni
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons semisoft cheese with garlic and herbs
  • ¾ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)
  • ¾ cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
  • 2 ounces Muenster cheese, very thinly sliced

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Coat the cut sides of the butternut squash with cooking spray; place squash halves, cut-sides down, on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes or until very tender and cooked through. Remove from oven; let stand until cool enough to handle. Scoop flesh from squash halves; discard skin. Using a potato masher, mash the squash; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in our, salt and pepper until combined. Add milk, whisking until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add semisoft cheese; whisk until cheese is melted. Stir in mashed squash. Add cooked pasta; stir until coated.
  5. Place half of the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle half of the mozzarella and half of the Cheddar on top of the pasta. Arrange half of the Muenster over all. Repeat layers. Bake for about 25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 263 calories; 11 g fat(6 g sat); 4 g fiber; 30 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 22 mcg folate; 29 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 5,472 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 268 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 403 mg sodium; 255 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (109% daily value), Calcium (27% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat, 1 medium-fat protein

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