Mac & Cheese

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Serves 6.

Ingredients:

½ box whole wheat rotini

4 al fresco® sweet Italian chicken sausages

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

2 cups skim milk

¼ tsp pepper

1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar

1/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 jars pureed winter squash baby food

Preparation:

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a non-stick skillet, sauté sausages and heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Cut sausages into slices.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour. Let cool 1 minute, then whisk in milk.
  4. Bring to a bubble and let thicken, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with pepper.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir cheeses into sauce and add Dijon.
  6. Toss cheese sauce with drained, cooked macaroni and pureed squash.
  7. Add sausage slices.

Daily nutritional values: 30% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C, 15% calcium, 10% iron
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 310, Carbohydrate: 31 g, Cholesterol: 65 mg, Dietary Fiber: 3 g, Fat: 11 g, Protein: 19 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Sodium: 500 mg, Sugar: 4 g Trans fats: 0 g

 

Make homemade macaroni and cheese tonight! Super simple and notice you will also be getting some veggies and whole grains in your diet as well!  A one dish meal, it can’t be easier than that!  Pureed baby food is a great way to hide some nutrition in your meal.  There have been times where I didn’t want to make a whole box of macaroni for my daughter so I have “cheated” and used easy mac and added 1 container of baby food.  The pureed squash or even pureed sweet potatoes give the dish a nice sweetness and can be easily hidden with the color of the cheese! 

I also used two very strong cheeses – that way I didn’t have to use that much in the recipe.  And again I use my favorite chicken sausages that really pack in a powerful protein punch.  Enjoy!

 

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