PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Weight Watchers International

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

A lighter take on a favorite comfort food, this macaroni and cheese recipe is made healthier by using skim milk and fat-free Cheddar cheese. 

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Adapted from "Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook" by Weight Watchers

 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 1/3 cups shredded fat-free Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook penne according to package directions, omitting salt if desired. Drain in colander, then rinse under cold running water; drain.

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil; boil 1 minute.

Remove saucepan from heat; add 2 cups of Cheddar, the salt, and pepper, stirring until cheese is melted. Stir in pasta. Pour into shallow 2-quart baking dish or 6 individual baking dishes; sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup cheese. Bake until lightly browned and bubbly, about 25 minutes for a 2-quart baking dish and about 15 minutes for individual baking dishes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.