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Macaroni and Cheese-Homemade

Updated on October 5, 2017
Macaroni and Cheese
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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese can be creamy and delicious yet healthy at the same time! Neufchâtel Cheese and Chicken Broth make it lower in fat and calories and Whole Wheat Pasta offers the benefit of providing essential nutrients.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Fat Free, Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 3 TBS Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Granulated Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces Neufchâtel Cheese
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Panko or Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1 lb. Whole Wheat Elbow Pasta

Prepare Macaroni and Cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Boil Elbow Pasta Aldente
  • Spray a 9X13 pan with Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Add Chicken Broth, seasonings and flour to a medium saucepan
  • Warm ingredients on medium low heat while whisking to mix well
  • Add Neufchâtel Cheese and 1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese and stir continuously until melted
  • In a separate bowl combine 1/4 cup Bread Crumbs and 1 TBS melted Butter
  • Place pasta in prepared 9X13 pan and cover with sauce
  • Top with remaining 1/2 cup of Cheddar Cheese and Bread Crumbs
  • Bake uncovered until Cheese is melted and slightly bubbly and Bread Crumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes

Top Noodles with Cheddar Cheese and Bread Crumbs
Top Noodles with Cheddar Cheese and Bread Crumbs | Source
Bake until Cheese is Melted and Bread Crumbs are Browned
Bake until Cheese is Melted and Bread Crumbs are Browned | Source
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What is Neufchâtel Cheese?

  • Neufchâtel Cheese originates in France where it is a soft, unripened cheese that usually comes in the shape of a Heart
  • In 1872 a New York dairyman created the first American Cream Cheese as a result of his attempt at creating Neufchâtel Cheese
  • American Neufchâtel is about 33% lower in Fat, has slightly more Protein and contains more Moisture
  • Low Fat or Light Cream Cheese can be substituted for Neufchâtal Cheese.


Benefits of Whole Wheat Pasta

"Unlike traditional pastas made of refined durum wheat, or semolina, whole-grain noodles don't lose their bran and germ during processing. Bran, the outer skin of a whole grain, and the germ, or embryo of the grain, carry considerable healthful fats, protein, antioxidants, B vitamins, minerals, and fiber. One of these minerals, magnesium, increases the body's sensitivity to insulin, which may help to lower the risk of diabetes, and dietary vitamin E, folate, and fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease. Another thing high-fiber diets might do is drive down harmful glucose, insulin, and fat levels in the blood." ~Dorothy Foltz-Gray

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese | Source

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

Try this version of Macaroni and Cheese using Penne Pasta and Pumpkin Puree. In addition to Neufchâtel and Cheddar it calls for Gruyere Cheese and uses Cayenne Pepper to spice up the Pumpkin Cheese Sauce.

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    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, katyzzz!

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      katyzzz 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Mmmm delicious, I can smell it, well done.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      I totally agree with you. That's probably why we like it so much. lol. This is healthier and is still creamy. Hope you enjoy!

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      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite foods, but it's so unhealthy. Maybe I'll try this recipe

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, alocsin:) Always nice to see you. It is yummy and healthier. Thanks for the vote!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sounds delicious especially with the use of whole wheat pasta. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      7 years ago

      Well, yes; there is also the calories to think about ... . You're right.

      For active young people leaving home, I guess Kraft dinners are a good way to stock up the pantry in an inexpensive way.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Hi, f. I love Kraft Mac and cheese. I don't make it because I would eat more than I should and gain tons of weight due to all the calories!!

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      7 years ago

      PS: In fact it's not unlike a Kraft Dinner solution. Our nephew was stocked up by us with these a while ago, and it's a good way to eat without spending a lot.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks for stopping by Chris and leaving a nice comment:) Mac and Cheese was always a fovorite for me, too.

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      Chris Achilleos 

      7 years ago

      Loved macaroni and cheese since I was young, great hub :)

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the vote, f. Yes pretty quick and easy...and mighty tasty!

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      7 years ago

      This can be a good, simple meal, the macaroni and cheese; I agree. Voted up.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Hi Eddy:) I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. It is delicious and I hope you enjoy it.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Mmmm sounds and looks delicious;I bookmark in with my other favourite recipes and here's to so many more to share on here.

      Take care;

      Eddy.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Hi randomcreative! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It's easy to make and is quite good.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love homemade mac and cheese and have never made a baked version before. I'll have to give this try sometime. Thanks for the great recipe and detailed information.

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