Hearty and Healthy Mac-n-Cheese

Hearty and Healthy Mac-n-Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Edam cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Havarti light cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup reduced fat sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 5 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni (cooked (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked))
  • 3/4 cups whole wheat bread crumbs (about 2 slices crumbled whole wheat toast)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2. Coat a 2 quart casserole dish with olive oil spray.
Step 3. Pour milk in a medium sauce pan. Heat slowly over medium heat until just under a boil. Do not boil.
Step 4. Reduce heat to low and whisk in flour 1 tablespoon at a time until thick and smooth, whisking continuously. Be patient, it will thicken. Add more flour as needed for desired consistency.
Step 5. Stir in next 7 ingredients (garlic powder through black pepper) and continue to stir until the cheese melts.
Step 6. Remove from heat and gently fold in macaroni.
Step 7. Pour mixture into casserole dish and evenly top with bread crumbs and remaining Parmesan cheese.
Step 8. Cover with non-stick foil and bake for 15 minutes.
Step 9. Uncover and bake 10 minutes or until top is browned and casserole is bubbling.
Step 10. Enjoy!