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Skinny Mac + H54F No. 48



Hey yo! It's Friday and I'm excited. I really don't have any planned for this weekend, but hey, a Friday is a Friday is a Friday. Am I right?

This week went by really quick. Brian and I have been trying to eat healthier and in order to do so we've been cooking a lot more. Last night I may Skinny Mac 'n Cheese and it was delicious. The recipe comes from Cook Yourself Thin, a cookbook I've had for about 5 years and has a few of my all time favorite recipes in it. It's a healthy cookbook that has mac 'n cheese and stuffed shells in it. Uh...



Here's how it turned out...




Skinny Mac 'n Cheese

Serves 4
Calories per serving: 517

2 Cups multi-grain elbow macaroni
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups skim milk, warmed for 1 minute in the microwave, or heated on stove
8 ounces low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 1/4 cups)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup Panko crumbs, or whole wheat breadcrumbs

1. Preheat the broiler.

2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.

3. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly until golden, about 2 minutes. Continue whisking and add the milk in a slow, steady stream. Bring the mixture to a steady simmer, whisking constantly, and whisk until thickened, about 2 minutes.

4. Drain the pasta in a colander. Remove the sauce from the heat, add the cheese, and stir until the cheese melts. Immediately add the hot, drained pasta and stir until well-coated. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, and the nutmeg.

5. Divide the mac and cheese among four 6-ounce ovenproof ramekins and sprinkle 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs over each. Broil until crumbs are golden and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes, taking care not to let the top burn. Serve immediately.

SOME HELPFUL HINTS: Make sure to use sharp-cheddar cheese, otherwise the flavor is just not there. I recommend adding some chili powder for a little extra kick.

*Featured in Cook Yourself Thin by Candice Kumai, Harry Eastwood, and Allison Fishman.

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