The holidays are around the corner and we all want to eat well but stay healthy. This recipe is tasty and healthier than the traditional version. If you try this let me know what you think. You can substitute the fat free milk for heavy cream for a creamier taste. One cup of heavy cream has about 7 grams of carbs.
- Makes: 8 servings
- Serving Size: 3/4cup
- Carb Grams Per Serving: 31
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 pound butternut squash, halved and seeded
- 8 ounces dried whole grain elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)
- 4 teaspoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 2 tablespoons semisoft cheese with garlic and fine herbs
- 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)
- 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
- 2 ounces Muenster cheese, very thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
- Coat the cut sides of the butternut squash with cooking spray; place squash halves, cut sides down, on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes or until squash is very tender and cooked through. Remove from oven; let stand until cool enough to handle. Scoop flesh from squash halves; discard skin. Using a potato masher, mash the squash; set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
- In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt, and white pepper until combined. Add milk, whisking until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add semisoft cheese; whisk until cheese is melted. Stir in mashed squash. Add cooked pasta; stir until coated.
- Place half of the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the cheddar cheese on top of the pasta. Arrange half of the Muenster cheese over all. Repeat layers. Bake in the 375 degrees F oven about 25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 266 cal., 11 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 26 mg chol., 402 mg sodium, 31 g carb. (4 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 13 g pro.
Medium-Fat Meat (d.e): 1; Starch (d.e): 2; Fat (d.e): 1;
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