Mediterranean Mac and Cheese

Mediterranean Mac and Cheese
Staff Writer
Mediterranean Mac and Cheese

Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox

Mediterranean Mac and Cheese

What is it about mac and cheese that makes it so comforting, so warming, so… good? Needless to say, I'm talking about the real thing here, not that boxed stuff…

Is it the cheese? Is it the creaminess? Or is it the memories linked to it? Whatever it is puts mac and cheese on the top of the list of comfort foods. Are you with me? Good…

Now, how many versions of mac and cheese do you think exist out there? I've seen so many, I can't even count them. Made with 20 different cheeses. With chicken. With seafood. Cheeseburger mac and cheese. Even fried mac and cheese wrapped in bacon (thanks, but no thanks). All I have to say is keep it simple, people. And remember that sometimes, less is more.

Take our version for instance. The one we grew up eating. OK, so it's not loaded with butter and cream. But, it has all the greatness of mac and cheese. And is good for you. And is easy to make! So you can have your cake and eat it, too. And your mac and cheese. Now, how's that for comfort?

4
Servings
731
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large Spanish onions, sliced
  • 5 Ounces Cheddar, muenster, or Jack cheese, diced
  • 1 Cup chopped parsley
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 Cups elbow pasta or Israeli couscous

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions until they start to brown. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the cooked pasta, cheese, and chickpeas. Reduce the heat to medium-low and toss together until the cheese starts to melt. Turn off the heat and add the parsley.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
40g
57%
Sugar
36g
40%
Saturated Fat
27g
100%
Cholesterol
37mg
12%
Carbohydrate, by difference
74g
57%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
65µg
9%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
218mg
22%
Choline, total
22mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
75µg
19%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
33mg
10%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
490mg
70%
Selenium, Se
24µg
44%
Sodium, Na
1363mg
91%
Water
58g
2%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Mediterranean Shopping Tip

As an alternative to sugary, salty, processed foods, try shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Mediterranean Cooking Tip

For a healthier alternative, substitute honey or molasses for sugar in baking recipes, and use a 3:1 blend of canola oil to olive oil instead of butter when cooking over the flame.