Macaroni and Four Cheeses

Ellie Krieger, The Food You Crave (Taunton Press)

Macaroni and Four Cheeses

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    Ingredients

    Cooking spray 1 teaspoon Salt
    1 16-ounce box elbow macaroni 1 teaspoon dry mustard
    2 10-ounce packages frozen pured winter squash 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    2 cups lowfat milk 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumb
    1 1/3 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces) 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    2/3 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces) 1 teaspoon olive oil
    1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total:
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

    • 2

      Cook the macaroni according the package directions. Drain and transfer to the prepared baking dish.

    • 3

      Meanwhile, place the frozen squash and milk in a large saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the squash with a spoon until it is defrosted. Turn the heat up to medium and cook until the mixture is almost simmering, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheddar, Jack cheese, ricotta, salt, mustard, and cayenne. Pour this mixture over the macaroni and stir to combine.

    • 4

      Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and cheese. Bake until the cheeses are bubbling around the edges, about 20 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes so the top is crisp and nicely browned.

    nutritional information

    Calories:
    390
    Fiber:
    3.5 g
    Fat:
    11 g
    Saturated Fat:
    6 g
    Carbohydrates:
    56 g
    Protein:
    18 g
    Sodium:
    547 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    1 g
    Cholesterol:
    35 g
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