Almost Guilt Free Mac and Cheese

The recipe Almost Guilt Free Mac and Cheese could satisfy your American craving in approximately 45 minutes. This recipe serves 8 and costs $2.72 per serving. One portion of this dish contains roughly 38g of protein, 31g of fat, and a total of 585 calories. It is brought to you by Foodista. A mixture of bay leaves, garlic powder, paprika, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so yummy. 4 people were glad they tried this recipe. It works well as a reasonably priced main course. Taking all factors into account, this recipe earns a spoonacular score of 76%, which is pretty good. If you like this recipe, take a look at these similar recipes: Almost Guilt Free Mac and Cheese, Guilt-Free Mac 'n' Cheese, and Guilt-Free, Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Truffles.

Servings: 8

Preparation duration: -1 minutes

Cooking duration: -1 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound Cellantani Pasta (elbow macaroni or small shells pasta)

1 medium Head Cauliflower (chopped and roasted)

1 pound Chicken Breast (sauteed and diced)

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

5 tablespoons Butter (divided)

3 tablespoons Flour

1 tablespoon Coleman's Prepared Mustard (could also use Dijon mustard)

3 cups Soy Milk

1 medium Yellow Onion (finely diced)

2 Bay Leaves

1/2 teaspoon Paprika

1/2 Lemon (juiced)

1/4 teaspoon Thyme

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/8 teaspoon Szechuan Peppers (ground - can use more to taste)*

2 Eggs

5 ounces Goat Cheese

5 ounces Shredded Parmesan Cheese

6 ounces Shredded Emmental Cheese (or Swiss cheese)

1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs (or other bread crumbs)

Kosher Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Equipment:

oven

baking sheet

pot

whisk

sauce pan

measuring cup

bowl

baking pan

frying pan

Cooking instruction summary:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit. For Roasted Cauliflower Clean core and leaves from cauliflower (you do not have to have any precision when doing this). Chop cauliflower into pieces. Pieces should be roughly 1/2" - 3/4". Place chopped cauliflower pieces onto a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over top of cauliflower and mix to thoroughly coat pieces. After 20 minutes, toss cauliflower pieces to brown all sides. Bake for another 20 minutes or until edges are browned. Remove from oven and lower temperature to 350 degrees Farenheit. For Macaroni and Cheese In a large pot of boiling and salted water, cook pasta until it is al dente. Once done, drain. In another large saucepan, over medium high heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Once melted, whisk in flour. Keep whisking to ensure that there are no lumps. After 5-7 minutes, the butter and flour mixture should be a light caramel color. Add the soy milk, bay leaves, paprika, lemon juice, thyme, garlic powder and Szechuan pepper. Stir occasionally for 10 - 15 minutes. The mixture should thicken up. Remove bay leaves. In a medium size bowl thoroughly mix eggs. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, slowly add milk mixture to eggs (temper the eggs). While adding the hot mixture to the eggs, make sure that you keep whisking. Once you have roughly 2 cups of the soy milk mixture in with the eggs, dump everything into the main saucepan and stir. Add in 3/4 of the shredded cheeses, and all of the goat cheese, and stir to combine. Add in the cooked, diced chicken and roasted cauliflower. Once these are combined, add the cooked pasta and stir thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a 9"x13" baking pan. Cover with remaining cheese. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saute pan. Add panko bread crumbs and stir to coat all of the crumbs with butter. Top the mac and cheese with the panko crumbs and bake for 30 minutes. Let rest for 15-20 minutes before serving. If you really want to kick up the heat factor in this, you can add tablespoon of Sriracha hot sauce to the mix.

 

Step by step:


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.

2. For Roasted Cauliflower

3. Clean core and leaves from cauliflower (you do not have to have any precision when doing this). Chop cauliflower into pieces. Pieces should be roughly 1/2" - 3/4".

4. Place chopped cauliflower pieces onto a baking sheet.

5. Drizzle olive oil over top of cauliflower and mix to thoroughly coat pieces.

6. After 20 minutes, toss cauliflower pieces to brown all sides.

7. Bake for another 20 minutes or until edges are browned.

8. Remove from oven and lower temperature to 350 degrees Farenheit.

9. For Macaroni and Cheese

10. In a large pot of boiling and salted water, cook pasta until it is al dente. Once done, drain.

11. In another large saucepan, over medium high heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Once melted, whisk in flour. Keep whisking to ensure that there are no lumps. After 5-7 minutes, the butter and flour mixture should be a light caramel color.

12. Add the soy milk, bay leaves, paprika, lemon juice, thyme, garlic powder and Szechuan pepper. Stir occasionally for 10 - 15 minutes. The mixture should thicken up.

13. Remove bay leaves.

14. In a medium size bowl thoroughly mix eggs. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, slowly add milk mixture to eggs (temper the eggs). While adding the hot mixture to the eggs, make sure that you keep whisking. Once you have roughly 2 cups of the soy milk mixture in with the eggs, dump everything into the main saucepan and stir.

15. Add in 3/4 of the shredded cheeses, and all of the goat cheese, and stir to combine.

16. Add in the cooked, diced chicken and roasted cauliflower. Once these are combined, add the cooked pasta and stir thoroughly.

17. Season with salt and pepper.

18. Pour into a 9"x13" baking pan.

19. Cover with remaining cheese.

20. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saute pan.

21. Add panko bread crumbs and stir to coat all of the crumbs with butter.

22. Top the mac and cheese with the panko crumbs and bake for 30 minutes.

23. Let rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.

24. If you really want to kick up the heat factor in this, you can add tablespoon of Sriracha hot sauce to the mix.


Nutrition Information:

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585 Calories
38g Protein
30g Total Fat
38g Carbs
25% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
585k
29%

Fat
30g
48%

  Saturated Fat
15g
97%

Carbohydrates
38g
13%

  Sugar
5g
7%

Cholesterol
135mg
45%

Sodium
863mg
38%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
38g
76%

Selenium
56µg
81%

Calcium
600mg
60%

Phosphorus
541mg
54%

Vitamin C
43mg
53%

Vitamin B3
10mg
53%

Vitamin B6
0.93mg
47%

Vitamin B12
2µg
35%

Vitamin B2
0.59mg
35%

Manganese
0.54mg
27%

Folate
103µg
26%

Vitamin A
1209IU
24%

Vitamin E
3mg
23%

Copper
0.42mg
21%

Potassium
715mg
20%

Zinc
3mg
20%

Vitamin B5
1mg
20%

Vitamin B1
0.29mg
19%

Magnesium
66mg
17%

Vitamin K
15µg
15%

Iron
2mg
15%

Fiber
3g
14%

Vitamin D
1µg
10%

covered percent of daily need
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