The Deen Bros. Lighter Broccoli Mac and Cheese

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By Bobby and Jamie Deen

Lighter Broccoli Mac and Cheese

277 Fewer Calories
26 g Less Fat

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
Gladys Rainesl in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

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in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
Patricia in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am