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Makeover Creamy Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese just may be king of the comfort foods. This sensational version is bubbling with creamy goodness—but is lighter on calories. —April Taylor, Holcomb, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 3 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • OPTIONAL TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH:
  • sliced cherry tomatoes and minced chives

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk flour, seasonings and half-and-half until smooth. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in half-and-half mixture. Add milk. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Add cheese; stir until melted. Stir in macaroni. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • For optional topping, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture; top with cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, until heated through, 25-30 minutes . Garnish as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without optional topping): 343 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 354mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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