Healthy Mac and Cheese
 
 
A lighter version of macaroni and cheese that includes your veggies!
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Cuisine: Main Meal
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • elbow pasta, 1.5 cups uncooked
  • butternut squash, cubed, ½ cup
  • carrots, chopped, ½ cup
  • reduced fat cheddar cheese, ½ cup shredded
  • low fat milk, 1 cup
  • butter, 1 tablespoon
  • flour, 1 tablespoon,
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. After the oven has been preheated, roast the vegetables until very soft and fork tender (about 30 minutes or so)
  3. When the vegetables are finished cooking, puree in a food processor and set aside.
  4. As the vegetables are cooking, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.
  5. After the water has reached boiling, add 3 tablespoons of course salt, then add pasta and cook according to package directions (usually 6 to 9 minutes)
  6. When pasta has been cooked, drain, and set aside.
  7. In the meantime, in a large pan, melt butter over low heat
  8. When butter has melted, add flour and cook until a roux forms (do not allow the mixture to brown)
  9. Add 1 cup of milk a little at a time to the roux over medium heat, whisking as the milk is poured to form a thick sauce
  10. Remove the milk mixture from heat, add the shredded cheese and ½ cup of the pureed vegetables, and stir until cheese is melted
  11. Combine the milk-cheese-vegetable sauce with the pasta
  12. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  13. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Feeling Foodish at http://feelingfoodish.com/butternut-macandcheese/