Macaroni & Cheese!

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Yum!  I would have to say mac and cheese is definitely at the top of the list for comfort foods, eh?  But like any favorite I like to put my own twist on the dish or as my husband would ask, “WHY?”  Hahaha, well, honey I just want you to live a healthy life most of the time Winking smile.  So we start off with 100% whole wheat macaroni noodles. 

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For the cheese sauce, start with a basic roux: butter, flour and milk.

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Bring mixture to a rolling boil.

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Meanwhile, steam broccoli in steamer for about 10 to 12 minutes. You don’t have to add broccoli in this dish but the broccoli does amp up the nutritional value! By the way my husband was so excited to see broccoli (not really).

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Add 3/4 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese.  Now when it comes to extra sharp cheese go to the specialty cheese case and find a good one, this is the secret to any good mac and cheese!

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Watch the cheese melt into cheese heaven . . . ahhhhh, yum!

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In another pot cook the macaroni. 

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Add broccoli to cooked macaroni and very soon comes the cheese sauce, dun, dah, dahhh!

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This is a great dish to separate into small bowl for the proper potion size.

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With the last 1/4 cup of cheese, sprinkle on top.

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I like to add a little whole bread crumbs on top as well!

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Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

1 1/2 tbsp flour

1 cup skim milk

1 cup extra sharp cheese, divided

1 1/2 cups whole wheat macaroni

1 1/2 cups broccoli, steamed

1/3 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a sauce pan, melt butter.  Add flour and combine with butter until it becomes a thick consistency.  Whisk in milk until thickens.  Add 3/4 cup of cheese to the mixture.  Stir until completely melted.  Meanwhile cook macaroni in water.  Once macaroni is cooked add broccoli and cheese sauce.  Divide mixture into ramekins or small glass bowls.  Sprinkle remaining cheese and top with bread crumbs.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

Now that is a meal!  I love, love the individual servings, now did I finish a bit more off my kids plate . . .uhh . . .yes!

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