"healthier" macaroni & cheese.

Growing up, I was a HUGE fan of Macaroni & Cheese. I probably would have eaten it every day if my mom would have let me! As an adult, I am now more aware of what "healthy eating" looks like, but that doesn't mean I have to give up my childhood favorites!

 Below is a recipe for my favorite "bring out the inner child" food: HOMEMADE MAC & CHEESE!

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 (1 cup)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 (16 oz) package whole wheat macaroni 
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 1/2 T whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups low fat milk
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (or you could use crushed crackers or croutons)
  • 1 pinch paprika

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite (I usually cook it about 2-3 mins LESS than what is recommended on package). Drain noodles. 
  2. Melt 2 T butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour to make a roux. Slowly add milk to roux, stirring constantly. Stir in cheddar and parmesan cheeses and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and sauce is thick (about 3 mins).
  3. Place macaroni in large baking dish and pour cheese sauce over macaroni. Stir well. 
  4. Spread breadcrumbs over macaroni. Sprinkle with paprika.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until cheese sauce is hot and bread crumbs are browned, about 3o minutes. 
  6. Eat & Enjoy!