Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Today’s recipe is an American classic: “Mac and Cheese”. This version is super healthy, gluten-free and do not contain loads of fat or sodium, as the ones we find at restaurants or packaged dinners. Delicious, simple and easy to prepare comfort food :D.

To make a creamy Healthy Mac and Cheese we replace the cheesy sauce by a butternut squash cream. My husband didn’t notice the replacement at first, which is a very good sign. Also, I love butternut squash so this version totally works for me. You’ll be surprised how tasteful it is … and the texture is exactly what I was looking for! ;)

This recipe is perfect for those who are seeking a hearty meatless meal! If you prefer, you can add a protein … ground beef would be a perfect match for the butternut squash sauce!

serves 2

Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe – Ingredients

1 cup gluten-free elbow macaroni (you can use the one you prefer: whole wheat, regular, etc)
2 cups butternut squash, cut into chunks
2 cups free-range/ low-sodium/ organic chicken broth
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Ground nutmeg to taste (optional)
1/2 cup diced red onion
Fresh parsley for garnishing

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - Ingredients

Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe – How to Prepare

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook elbow macaroni according to instruction on package, set aside.

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - How to Prepare

In a pan, heat olive oil and sauté onions for 5 minutes. Add butternut squash, chicken broth, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until the squash is completely soft.

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - How to Prepare

When ready, use a hand blender to make the butternut squash cream (if your cream is too liquid or is not as thick as you want, you can cook for couple extra minutes). In a bowl mix together cooked elbow macaroni, butternut squash cream and low-fat mozzarella (save a little bit for garnishing). Try the mixture and add salt or pepper, if necessary.

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - How to Prepare

Pour the mixture into 2 small baking dishes. Garnish each of them with the remaining mozzarella and diced fresh parsley.

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - How to Prepare

Bake for 10/15 minutes, until golden-brown and bubbly.

Yummy, yummy!!!

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

 

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