Macaroni Cheese With Parsley

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb macaroni (penne, shells, fusilli, elbow macaroni or any other type of pasta you like)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • salt, pepper

Directions:
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water with a teaspoon of salt, respecting the cooking time indicated on the pasta pack.

In a pan, heat one tablespoon of butter, add the shallots and saute them until they turn light brown. In another pan, melt the remaining butter and add the flour. Cook it on low to medium heat, stirring continuously. Start adding the milk gradually, stirring well, until the composition becomes smooth.

When the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat and keep on cooking for about two more minutes. Remove it from the heat, add the cheese and stir until it melts.

Drain the pasta, put it in a pot, then pour the melted cheese over it and stir until it gets evenly coated. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and with parsley and serve hot.

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Healthy Mac And Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a relatively fatty meal, especially if you like it cheesy and creamy. Nonetheless, you can turn it into a healthier meal by replacing some of the ingredients with low-fat ones. Here’s a recipe which I think is worth trying:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt, pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Boil the macaroni as per instructions on pack, but 1-2 minutes less.

Heat the milk, then gradually add the ricotta, the Cheddar and the cottage cheese, stirring well, until they melt. Remove from heat, then add the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir well, then pour over the drained macaroni. Put the cheesy macaroni in a baking dish, cover it and and bake it for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan then bake it uncovered for 10 more minutes or until the top gets a nice brown color.

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