Monday, January 18, 2010
Tomato and Broccoli Mac n Cheese
Who doesn't love mac n cheese? It's pasta and cheese, two of my favorite things. Now have you ever read the back of a mac n cheese box? Gross. I mean, at least I think it's gross because I have no idea what they are talking about in that list of ingredients, but it can't be good. Homemade mac n cheese is delicious and better for you, but don't fool yourself, it is still pasta and cheese. To make it a touch healthier and reach that five servings of fruits/veggies a day I made a tomato and broccoli mac n cheese. Even when the kids pick around the broccoli they are still getting the tomato; Victory, sweet victory.
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cups tomato soup *I used my organic boxed tomato and roasted red pepper soup because it rocks
2 cups broccoli (washed and chopped)
1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar (shredded)
1/2 cup milk
Grease casserole dish and preheat oven to 350 F.
Cook macaroni until just barely done... what's that fancy word???? Al dente? Sounds right. Drain.
Oh! Throw the broccoli in with the pasta for the last minute of boiling.
Heat soup and milk together until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of the cheese.
Mix pasta and sauce together. Put it in a greased casserole dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Now I know it looks like noodles and soup (I was a little worried myself), but trust me here... it'll work out :)
Cover and cook at 350 F for 30 minutes, removing foil for the last 5-10 minutes.
Splitting this recipe into four servings (which are large servings) they are each under 400 calories!
This was good, but would be excellent with the right herbs. If only I knew what those would be..... Mom? are you reading this? What would those be?