Reduced Fat Macaroni and Cheese (Cook's Country) Recipe

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Reduced Fat Macaroni and Cheese (Cook's Country)
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  1. Toss bread crumbs with butter in small bowl until combined. Set aside.
  2. In food processor or blender, process cheddar, Parmesan, and ricotta until no large pieces of cheese remain, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
  3. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat broiler. Bring 4 quarts water and 1 tbsp table salt (not in ingredient list) to boil in Dutch oven over high heat. Add macaroni and cook until tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain macaroni and leave in colander.
  4. In now-empty Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour and mustard and cook, whisking to combine ingredients, until mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. Whisking constantly, slowly add milk and Tabasco, if using, and bring to full boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking frequently, until mixture becomes slightly thicker than heavy cream, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Whisk in cheese mixture and 1/2 teaspoon salt until cheese is melted. Add pasta and cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat, until mixture is steaming, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer mixture to broiler-safe 8-inch-square baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Broil until crumbs are deep golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes, rotating pan if necessary for even browning. Cool 2 minutes. Serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 481.67 Kcal (2017 kJ)
Calories from fat 147.9 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.43g 25%
Cholesterol 49.73mg 17%
Sodium 721.04mg 30%
Potassium 446.84mg 10%
Total Carbs 58.53g 20%
Sugars 9.97g 40%
Dietary Fiber 2.03g 8%
Protein 23.5g 47%
Vitamin C 2mg 3%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 9%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Calcium 630.9mg 63%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 156.52 Kcal (655 kJ)
Calories from fat 48.06 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.34g 25%
Cholesterol 16.16mg 17%
Sodium 234.3mg 30%
Potassium 145.2mg 10%
Total Carbs 19.02g 20%
Sugars 3.24g 40%
Dietary Fiber 0.66g 8%
Protein 7.63g 47%
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 9%
Iron 0.7mg 12%
Calcium 205mg 63%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 10.6
  • 13

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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