Healthy Macaroni and Cheese


by: George

This is a Bariatric friendly version of Macaroni and Cheese I modified from Chef Candice Kumai's healthy Macaroni and Cheese, as seen on Recipe Rehab.


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serves: 8

1 (2½ to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded, cut into quarters, then cubed.

2 cups Simply Smart 1% Lowfat Milk

2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

6 cloves garlic smashed

2 sprigs of fresh thyme

16 ounces whole grain elbow pasta, cooked al dente

3/4 cup Panko (Japanese-style) breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, (optional)

3/4 cup finely shredded low fat Gruyère or Swiss cheese

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount per Serving

Calories: 367

  • Total Fat: 3.2 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.8 mg
  • Sodium: 320.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 72 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  •     Sugars: 4 g
  • Protein: 18.4 g

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1.  Preheat the oven to 375-degrees F.

2.  Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

3.  Place a large pot over medium heat. Add the squash, Simply Smart milk, broth, garlic, and thyme. Simmer until the butternut squash is fork tender.

4.  Remove the thyme sprigs from the butternut squash mixture. Transfer the squash mixture, including the liquid, to a food processor or blender. Puree until the mixture is velvety smooth.

5.  Meanwhile, cook the macaroni to al dente (with a bite) in boiling salted water. Drain and rinse with cool water.

6.  Spread out the macaroni in the prepared baking dish. Pour the squash puree over the pasta.

7.  To prepare the topping: In a large mixing bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parsley, salt, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using). Spread evenly over macaroni. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.

8.  Bake for 35 minutes until bubbly.

9.  Remove the foil from the baking dish. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

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