Mediterranean Mac and Cheese

Staff Writer
Mediterranean Mac and Cheese
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
733
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
25g
38%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
9g
43%
Cholesterol
32mg
11%
Protein
29g
57%
Carbs
100g
33%
Vitamin A
135µg
15%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
4.9%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
17.6%
Vitamin C
26mg
43%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
259µg
100%
Calcium
376mg
38%
Fiber
13g
53%
Folate (food)
112µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
112µg
28%
Iron
4mg
20%
Magnesium
92mg
23%
Monounsaturated
11g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
17%
Phosphorus
427mg
61%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
512mg
15%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
15.2%
Sodium
766mg
32%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
14.9%
Zinc
3mg
18%

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