Recipe: Mac and Cheese Casserole

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Everyone has a favorite food that might fall into the “comfort food” category. Comfort foods have sentimental value to the eater and are often characterized by their high caloric and high-carb count and easy preparation.

Macaroni and cheese is one of those highly favored comfort foods–it is on almost everyone’s top ten list! From little children to big “children” of all ages, they love mac and cheese in its many gourmet variations or the kind in the box with the powdered cheese.
You may think of mac and cheese as a winter warmer, something to fix when you are chilled. But it is also a wonderful summer entree to serve with fresh seasonal summer vegetables and fruits. It makes a great  non-meat entree.

Don’t be afraid to serve a simple entrée (or side dish) like this at your next party–it’s a sure-fire winner! You could serve it in individual ramekins, or make mac and cheese “muffins” in a muffin pan sprayed with cooking oil for little comfort food appetizers. Enjoy!

 

Mac and Cheese Casserole

8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni or whole wheat  pasta shapes

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups non-fat milk

4 ounces reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (1 1/4 cups)

2 tablespoons chopped onion

Freshly ground black pepper

Fresh tomato slices

Cook the macaroni according to the package directions.

While the macaroni is cooking, place flour in a medium saucepan and gradually whisk in the milk. Cook the mild and flour over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent lumps, until the milk begins to thicken. Add the cheese, onion and pepper; stir until the cheese is melted.

Drain the macaroni and return it to the pot. Pour the milk and cheese mixture over the macaroni, and stir to combine. Pour the macaroni into a casserole dish, and top with tomato slices. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty to twenty-five minutes until the casserole is bubbly.

This recipe requires about fifteen minutes to prepare, and it cooks in twenty-five minutes. It makes four servings.

This recipe is not made with salt, and you may prefer to add some. Another option for stronger seasoning is to use more pepper or a flavorful blend of herbs like Mrs. Dash.

This recipe comes from martinsfoods.com/savory.

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