I decided to make this for dinner tonight. It was kind of an experiment, because my hubby is quite partial to the box-kind of mac-n-cheese. But I made it anyways :) Well good news... He ate it AND he even went back for seconds! :) So it passed the husband test! If your family's not a fan of broccoli, substitute a frozen vegetable of your choice.
1 pound garden vegetable rotini (1 box)
2 bunches of broccoli (chopped into bite size pieces)
1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/3 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons stone ground mustard
I also added 1 pound of cooked ground turkey.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta for 5 minutes. Add broccoli and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the pasta and broccoli are just tender, 4 to 5 minutes more.
Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 cups milk in another large pot over medium-high heat until just simmering. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl until combined. Add the flour mixture to the simmering milk; return to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Parmesan and mustard until the cheese is melted.
Drain the pasta and broccoli and add to the cheese sauce. Return to the heat and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat, until heated through, about 1 minute.
To see original recipe from Eating Well, go to...http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/no_bake_macaroni_cheese.html
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