I stumbled across an amazing recipe from The Food Network last week — a lightened-up three-cheese macaroni and cheese. Since I don’t just cook for myself, but also my husband and son (who may be getting sick of my very heavily produce laden meal planning), I figured it was time to give this recipe a whirl for dinner this week. So glad I did! This recipe is so amazingly delicious and satisfying, you’d never know it was reduced calorie.
Three Cheese Mac n Cheese
What you need:
- 1 egg
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated whole milk
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 1/3 cups grated muenster cheese
- 4 slices deli thin muenster cheese
- 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (don’t use the powdery stuff)
- 4 cups cauliflower florets
- 4 cups medium pasta shells
What to do:
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, then add the cauliflower. Allow to boil until soft and almost falling apart (about 8 minutes). Drain and set aside.
- Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as directed on the box to al dente.
- Combine the egg, milk, seasonings and cheese (except the sliced cheese) in a bowl.
- Drain the pasta and set aside. Pour the milk/cheese mixture into the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes. Sauce will begin to thicken.
- Add the cauliflower to the pot, and use an immersion blender to blend until creamy and smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer the mixture to a regular blender and pulse until smooth.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Toss the pasta in the cheese sauce mixture and pour into a baking dish and place the sliced cheese across the top evenly.
- Broil for 4-5 minutes or until golden bubbles form on the surface. Enjoy!
*If you or your family hate cauliflower, don’t worry, you won’t taste it at all! All you’ll taste is cheesy goodness.
Nutritional info: 10 Weight Watcher points per generous serving, 400 calories, 17g fat, 41g carbs, 2g fiber, 20g protein — recipe serves 6.
Recipe modified from The Food Network’s Comfort Food Lightened Up recipe, found here.