Macaroni & Cheese, Peas

A Latinized version of mac and cheese, with veggies.


    mac and cheese ingred

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    mac and cheese step four

    Step 4: Add milk and cream cheese, mixing constantly.

    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.

    mac and cheese step six

    Step 6: Add chili powder and salt. Mix well.

    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.

    mac and cheese step eight

    Step 8: Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

    mac and cheese step nine

    Step 9: Sprinkle panko crumbs and finish with Parmesan cheese.

    mac and cheese step ten

    Step 10: Bake until Parmesan is melted and macaroni is hot throughout, about 10 minutes.

    mac and cheese step 11

    Sit back, relax and indulge without the guilt.
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