Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Whisk, whisk

This is a (fairly) quick (fairly) healthy take on mac and cheese.  I doubled it, used two heads of broccoli and because I don't have a steamer, threw the florets in with the pasta with 5 minutes left to boil.  The bacon isn't too much of a value-add and omitting it makes this a vegetarian dish.  Looking forward to Pasta Part Deux reheated for lunch tomorrow. It's been ages since I had any American cheese... so nostalgic.

The sauce was probably my most successful (thickest, smoothest) roux to date... whisking constantly....

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 Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese   Cooking Light, April 2012

  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat processed American cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup packed)

  • Preparation

    1. 1. Steam broccoli 5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Pat dry, and keep warm. Cook pasta in boiling water in a large saucepan for 8 minutes or until al dente; drain and keep warm. Wipe pan with paper towels, and return to medium heat. Melt butter in pan. Sprinkle flour over melted butter; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add milk to the flour mixture in pan, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook for 1 minute or until slightly thick, and remove from heat. Add American cheese; stir until smooth. Stir in sliced green onions and the remaining ingredients. Stir in broccoli and pasta; serve immediately.

    Nutritional Information

    • Calories: 413
    • Fat: 13.3g
    • Saturated fat: 7.5g
    • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
    • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
    • Protein: 19.6g
    • Carbohydrate: 53.4g
    • Fiber: 3.8g
    • Cholesterol: 39mg
    • Iron: 2.8mg
    • Sodium: 772mg
    • Calcium: 317mg


    1. Here's a tip for the roux...very slightly warm the milk. I learned that tip from a Smitten Kitchen recipe for swiss chard and sweet potato gratin.

    2. Looks good! My homemade mac and cheese never turns out well. I will have to try Tracie's tip!

    3. that gratin sounds delicious!

      1. It is super duper rich and this recipe makes a ton. You need something sharp to cut it. Perhaps an arugula salad, tart white wine, or my personal fave, an IPA.