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adapted from Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger


Servings/Yield

8 servings


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Wacky Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen pureed winter squash
  • 2 cups 1 percent lowfat milk
  • 4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 2 ounces Monterrey jack cheese, grated (about 2/3 cup)
  • ½ cuppart skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered mustard
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • ½ lb. extra firm tofu
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 2 small yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 carrot, julienned

Method

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender but firm, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, place the frozen squash and milk into a large saucepan and cook over a 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 heat and stir in the Cheddar, jack cheese, ricotta cheese, salt, mustard and cayenne pepper. Pour cheese mixture over the macaroni and stir to combine. Transfer the macaroni and cheese to the baking dish.

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

Notes

I substitute fat free ricotta cheese and fat free evaporated skim milk.

I saute the tofu in a little soy sauce after pressing it for an hour or so to firm it up.

I microwave the chopped up potato and use frozen broccoli florets.

Keywords

rotini pasta winter squash evaporated skim milk cheese bread crumbs broccoli red pepper onion carrot potato tofu