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Max Mac and Cheese

Nutrition Information
Calories: 323
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 16mg
Sodium: 297mg
Carbohydrates: 49g
Dietary Fiber: 2.5g
Sugars: 6.6g
Protein: 16g
Vitamin A: 9894.8iu (197%)
Vitamin C: 1.5mg (2%)
Calcium: 283mg (28%)
Iron: 2.5mg (13%)

Yield: Serves 4. Each serving: 1 cup.

This handy recipe makes a cheesy side dish that is lower in fat and sodium than many commercial preparations. Carrots added to the sauce make a nice orange color.

8 oz macaroni
1 cup skim milk (preferably fortified skim milk*)
1 cup canned, sliced carrots, drained (or 1 cup cooked)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup light shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
black pepper to taste

Directions:
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain in colander. Puree milk, carrots, cheeses and seasonings together in blender until smooth. Pour this sauce into a microwaveable casserole dish and add noodles. Stir well and microwave on full power for 3-4 minutes or until mixture is thick. Serve hot. If you are chilling this dish for later, add a little skim milk prior to reheating in the microwave.

*Fortified skim milk is often called Skim Plus it is thicker than regular skim milk and contains added calcium.

Total Preparation & Cooking Time: 25 min. (5 Prep, 20 Cook)

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