Thursday, February 2, 2012

Carb Lover's (that's me) Mac and Cheese

I baked this mac and cheese from my new 'can't miss' cookbook The Carb Lover's Diet. The bread crumbs on top make this dish. I tweaked the recipe, by changing the cheese some and leaving out a few small ingredients (the ones that are italicized). I also don't have the individual oven safe 'ramekins,' (hmmm...valentine's gift? oh, you shouldn't have), so I just put mine all in one 6x9 glass dish. Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 1/2 c low-fat milk (1%)
4 T flour
1/8 t ground or freshly grated nutmeg
3 oz reduced-fat cheddar cheese, grated
2 oz smoked Gouda cheese, grated (I used mozzeralla)
2 oz reduced-fat Gruyere or Swiss cheese, grated

1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t pepper
6 c cooked elbow macaroni
1 c unseasoned bread crumbs
2 T freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 t chopped thyme
2 t chopped parsley
1 t olive oil or butter
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper


Instructions

Preheat oven to 400.
Whisk together milk and flour in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.

Reduce heat, add nutmeg, and cook, stirring until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Add cheddar, Gouda, Gruyere, cayenne, and pepper; whisk until melted, 1 minute.

Add macaroni and stir to combine.
Toss bread crumbs, Parmesan, thyme, parsley, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
Place six individual crocks, ramekins, or ovenproof bowls on a rimmed baking sheet. Spoon 1 cup macaroni mixture into each ramekin and sprinkle with 1/6 cup bread-crumb topping.
Bake until topping is browned and cheese is bubbling, 30-35 minutes. Serve hot.

1 comment:

Olivia said...

Yummy! Keep these recipes coming!