Macaroni and Cheese

Once at the top of the list of Julia’s fear foods, our lighter version of the classic mac & cheese helped her reclaim her love for this popular dish. Topped with parmesan and breadcrumbs, it truly is the ultimate comfort food.

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Lightly spray an 11×7-inch baking dish or a round casserole dish with canola spray.
  3. Get out a large pot and a colander.
  4. Get out a large glass measuring cup and a medium saucepan.

STEP TWO – Cook the Pasta


¾ pound elbow pasta


  1. Fill the large pot ¾ full of water, add a shake of salt, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the pasta and cook for 1 less minute than directed.
  3. Drain the pasta in the colander, rinse briefly under cold water, and spoon into the baking dish.

STEP THREE – Make the Cheese Sauce


1 ½ cups milk
1 cup vegetable broth
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. In the glass measuring cup, microwave the milk and broth for 1 minute.
  2. In the medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the flour to the melted butter and whisk to combine.
  4. Slowly add the milk and broth and whisk well for 10 minutes until the sauce is smooth and thick.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper until incorporated.

STEP FOUR – Assemble and Bake


¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ cups panko breadcrumbs


  1. Add the sauce to the pasta in the baking dish and mix to incorporate.
  2. Top with the parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
  4. Serve the macaroni and cheese warm in bowls.

Recommended Serving Size: ¼ of recipe

Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 fat

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