Macaroni & Cheese, Peas

A Latinized version of mac and cheese, with veggies.

  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/0ab35db8-macandcheeseingred.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese ingred

    Ingredients:
    1 box whole wheat elbow macaroni
    Nonstick cooking spray
    1 tbls butter
    2 garlic cloves
    3 cups – 1% milk
    1 cup light cream cheese
    2 cups fat free cheddar cheese, shredded
    1 cup monterey jack or pepper jack cheese, shredded
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
    4 oz. jar chopped pimiento
    ½ to 1 cup peas (optional)
    ¼ cup panko crumbs
    ¼ cup parmesan cheese
    1 tablespoon corn starch (use as thickening agent if needed) Cornstarch Directions:
    Add a few tablespoons of water to the cornstarch. It needs to be mixed completely before adding to boiling liquid. Once added, cook long enough until the liquid has thickened.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/aa16aaba-macandcheesestepone.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step one

    Step 1: While prepping, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/51436cf4-macandcheesesteptwo.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step two

    Step 2: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions, drain.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/70b49e89-macandcheesestepthree.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step three

    Step 3: In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Then add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/8725fbb7-macandcheesestepfour.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step four

    Step 4: Add milk and cream cheese, mixing constantly.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/c5dda804-macandcheesestepfive.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step five

    Step 5: As the milk mixture is heating up but before boiling point, whisk in shredded cheeses until melted. Add cornstarch and water mixture, if needed.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/a744d380-macandcheesestepsix.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step six

    Step 6: Add chili powder and salt. Mix well.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/b5a98f54-macandcheesestepseven.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step seven

    Step 7: In the same pot where macaroni was prepared, toss macaroni with the cheese sauce. Mix in chopped pimiento and peas, if desired.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/1d459fe6-macandcheesestepeight.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step eight

    Step 8: Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/7f0a8abf-macandcheesestepnine.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step nine

    Step 9: Sprinkle panko crumbs and finish with Parmesan cheese.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/058aa32c-macandcheesestepten.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step ten

    Step 10: Bake until Parmesan is melted and macaroni is hot throughout, about 10 minutes.
  • https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/918/516/058aa32c-macandcheesestep11.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    mac and cheese step 11

    Sit back, relax and indulge without the guilt.
Image 1 of 11