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Herbed Macaroni N Cheese Recipe

This recipe, shared by Lois McAtee of Oceanside, California, shows you can watch your diet and still enjoy down-home country cooking. "The herbs make it different from other macaroni and cheese recipes," she notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 1% cottage cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add marjoram, thyme, nutmeg and paprika; stir until blended. Remove from the heat.
  • 2. Stir in mustard and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese; mix well. Add macaroni and cottage cheese; stir until coated.
  • 3. Pour into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals 372 calories, 615 mg sodium, 20 mg cholesterol, 50 gm carbohydrate, 23 gm protein, 9 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 meat.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.