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.
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
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
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
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Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
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Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
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