The Deen Bros. Lighter Broccoli Mac and Cheese

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Broccoli Mac and Cheese

By Bobby and Jamie Deen

Lighter Broccoli Mac and Cheese

277 Fewer Calories
26 g Less Fat

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat elbow macaroni
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
2 tablespoons whole-wheat bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tomatoes, diced

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

Cook the pasta according to package directions (omitting the salt) and adding the broccoli during the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain and rinse under cold running water. 

Meanwhile, puree the cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth. Combine the bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, and 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small bowl until well mixed; set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour, dry mustard, paprika, and salt until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the cottage cheese and Cheddar cheese until blended and smooth. Stir in the pasta, broccoli, and half of the tomatoes. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining tomatoes evenly over top and top evenly with the crumb mixture.

Bake until the edges are bubbly and the topping is browned, 20 – 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: easy

Per Serving: 268 Cal; 19 g Protein; 7 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 4 g Mono Fat; 33 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 272 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 441 mg Sodium; 9 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Tomato Mac and Cheese
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of The Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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I just want to say that I love you all. I watch your cooking show on TV when I was living in Alabama and when I came back to Michigan I found it here on my TV. You all are the best. Keep the great cooking coming. God Bless Sandra

By Sandra Hatfield Nicola on September 06, 2012


Can you make this without the tomato???

By bob langmaid on September 06, 2012

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