RECIPES USING BOXED MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPES

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LIGHTER BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE - SKINNYTASTE



Lighter Baked Macaroni and Cheese - Skinnytaste image

This creamy baked mac and cheese recipe is a lighter version of the classic recipe with added fiber from spinach. It's comfort food at it's finest!

Provided by Gina

Categories     Dinner    Lunch

Total Time 50 minutes

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Yield 8

Number Of Ingredients 12

12 oz elbow macaroni (wheat or whole wheat)
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup minced onion
2 cups skim milk
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
8 oz reduced fat cheddar (for best results shred yourself)
salt and pepper
4 cups baby spinach
2 tbsp grated Parmesan
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
olive oil spray

Steps:

  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Spray a baking dish with buttered flavor Pam.
  • Preheat oven to 375F°.
  • In a large, heavy skillet, melt butter. Add flour and cook over low heat stirring with a whisk.
  • Add onion and cook another 2 minutes. Add milk and chicken broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add cheese 1/4 cup at a time and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked macaroni and baby spinach.
  • Pour into baking dish. Top with grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more oil on top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, then broil for a few minutes to get the breadcrumbs golden.

Nutrition Facts : ServingSize 1 cup, Calories 261 kcal, CarbohydrateContent 36.5 g, FatContent 7.5 g, FiberContent 5.5 g, ProteinContent 13 g, SaturatedFatContent 4 g, CholesterolContent 20.5 mg, SodiumContent 277 mg, SugarContent 5 g

MACARONI AND CHEESE – INSTANT POT RECIPES



Macaroni and Cheese – Instant Pot Recipes image

This is a creamy, cheesy, classic mac ‘n’ cheese! The macaroni cooks in vegetable or chicken broth, and there’s no straining or draining required. For a change of pace, switch out the Cheddar cheese for Fontina, Gruyère, or smoked Gouda.

Provided by Coco Morante

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 6 minutes

Yield 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 8

1 pound elbow macaroni
4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth, low sodium)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded, 3 cups tightly packed)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded, about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps:

  • Combine the macaroni, broth, and butter in the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid and set the Steam Release to Sealing. Select the Manual setting and set the cooking time for 6 minutes at high pressure.  Perform a quick release by moving the Steam Release to Venting.
  • Open the pot and stir in the cheeses, sour cream, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken, then stir again and serve. 

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