healthy mac and "cheese"

healthy mac and "cheese"
  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 10 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2/3 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • salt to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. Place sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. Mash with a potato masher.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, squash, mushrooms, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and pepper; cook and stir until soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Combine sweet potatoes, onion mixture, and chicken broth in a food processor. Puree until smooth.
  5. Melt butter in the same skillet used to cook the onion mixture. Add flour; cook and stir until a paste forms, about 1 minute. Pour in milk slowly, stirring until smooth. Add 1/3 cup Cheddar cheese; cook over low heat until melted into the sauce, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.
  7. Stir pureed sweet potato-onion mixture into the sauce. Pour sauce over macaroni; mix well. Pour into a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup Cheddar cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on top.
  8. Broil in the preheated oven until cheese browns and becomes crisp, 2 to 5 minutes.

10/21/2019
healthy mac and "cheese", recipe PT15M PT1H 5 455 calories

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