Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Healthy(ish) Mac n Cheese!

I've been threatening to write about food for a long time, but in my constant struggle with "eating healthy" I've been a little ashamed to talk about my over-indulging.  But no more!  I just tweaked an AMAZING recipe for one of my all time favorites - macaroni and cheese!!  This even passed my husband's taste test - and this is the man who would cook everything in bacon fat if he was allowed.  Comfort food lovers REJOICE!!

Happy Healthy Mac n Cheese

4 oz chicken and sun-dried tomato sausage (I used the brats from Sam's Club and just cut the skins off - but I've also tried it with Jimmy Dean Reduced Fat breakfast sausage and it was DARN yummy!) 1 1/4 cups fat-free milk 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (use the 2% milk variety from Kraft) 1/4 cup fat free shredded cheddar cheese 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (again - the 2% milk variety from Kraft) 1/4 cup reduced fat cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 8oz uncooked whole wheat pasta (I like rotini but use whatever makes you happy!)

1. Cook pasta according to directions.

2. While water is boiling/pasta is cooking, in a large non-stick pan cook sausage 4 minutes or until brown and crumbly.

3. Whisk milk and flour together in a small bowl and add to pan.

4. Bring sausage/milk/flour mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to medium and add cheeses and garlic salt.

5. Cook until cheeses melt, stirring constantly.

6.  Stir in hot pasta - and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Grammie Pamie's not so healthy mac n cheese.
    Melt 1 full stick of butter in a pot.
    When melted, add 1 cup heavy whipping cream.
    Stir and let heat up....don't boil...just get it nice n hot.
    Add some salt if you like.
    Boil 1 lb elbow mac
    Grate 2 cups cheddar cheese.
    Put 1 aside.
    Put 1 cup grated cheddar in large bowl....large enuff to hold everything.
    Pour the hot cream n butter over it.
    Kinda stir it a bit, but let is just melt together.
    Drain the mac and toss in large bowl with cheese n cream n butter.
    Start stirring.
    Add the other cup of cheddar on top and stir some more.
    When it's all melted n stirred up n gooey n yummy, serve and enjoy.
    Heart attack on a plate, baby!