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