Archive for January 6, 2012

Healthified Macaroni and Cheese

This takes processed white pasta and powdered “cheese” and puts that baby to bed! I swapped out whole grain pasta, use a bit of real cheese and make a quick and easy creamy sauce with whole wheat flour, a bit of butter, olive oil and milk. This comes together almost as fast as the blue box kind, but it is much better for you and your family! Turn it into a different meal by adding chopped broccoli or cauliflower, adding chopped chicken or tuna, it is one of my family favorites! Enjoy!

Healthified Macaroni and Cheese

Makes 6-8 servings

1 box (12-13 oz)

1 Tb butter

1 Tb olive oil

3 Tb whole grain flour

3 cups milk

1/2 tsp dry mustard

Kosher/sea salt to taste (I recommend for best flavor 2 big pinches)

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 cup grated cheese

Boil your pasta, cook according to package instructions, drain 1-2 minutes before the recommended time, just under al dente. While your pasta cooks make the sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat melt your butter, add the oil. Whisk in the flour, let this cook 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk, add the mustard, salt and pepper. Keep stirring and bring the milk to a boil, turn off the heat. Mix in the cheese. Add the drained pasta. If you are not baking this, turn the heat back on and cook the sauce and pasta for 2 minutes over medium heat, then serve. Or you can pour the pasta and sauce into a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees to get the casserole browned and bubbly. Enjoy!

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