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Comfort Foods Without the Calories

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Whether you're craving pasta, pizza, or burgers, we've got your quick, healthy fix. Here are five delicious, slimmed-down recipes that are a carb and cheese lover's dream come true.

Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Makes 5 servings

  • 2 1/2 cups dried radiatore, rotelle, or elbow macaroni (8 ounces)
  • 2 cups reduced-fat (2 percent) milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup American cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed seasoned croutons
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded
  • Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large screw-top jar, combine 1 cup of the milk, flour, mustard, salt and pepper; cover and shake until combined. Pour into a medium saucepan. Stir in remaining 1 cup milk. Cook and stir over medium heat just until bubbly. Reduce heat to low. Add cheddar cheese and American cheese, stirring until melted. Pour sauce over pasta, stirring until combined. Spoon into a 1-1/2-quart casserole.
  3. Bake, covered, for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together croutons and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more, or until heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition facts per serving: 346 calories, 16g protein, 44g carbohydrate, 11g fat (7g saturated), 2g fiber

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