Mac and Cheese is one of those feel good recipes that always makes a dark day seem a little better. Last Friday when it was cold, dark and rainy, I decided that mac and cheese was a perfect meal to eat while catching up on the DVR. I tried to make it a little healthier with some veggies and complimenting the mac with cauliflower. You can use your own fav veggies with it.
I used roughly 2-3 servings of macaroni about 1/2 cup uncooked. Cooked and drained the pasta according to the directions.
I used one head of cauliflower, rinsed and drained. With 3 minutes left on the pasta I put in the cauliflower to cook slightly.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a separate pan I sauteed some mushrooms in a lil EVOO with salt and pepper and then added a little white wine. Removed them from the pan and started a cheese sauce with some margarine about 3 tbsp then whisked in flower 1 tbsp at a time - I added about 2 and 1/2 tbsp. Then I added 1 1/2 to 2 cups of skim milk slowly while whisking. To that I added 1 cup each low fat shredded mozz and shredded sharp white cheddar. I poured in the pasta and cauliflower and added the mushrooms and I also put in the some cooked peas because Billy loves peas. I put in a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and then put in a 9x12 baking dish that was buttered and topped with panko and parm and spots of margarine. I baked for 25 to 30 minutes.