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Healthy Mac and Cheese

Written by COA Nutrition Team On October 19, 2018

This mac and cheese is healthy and one heaping cup of comfort food!

Simple, creamy, homemade goodness and a great way to “sneak in” some vegetable goodness on one of kid’s favorite dish!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni – whole wheat, works great!
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 small butternut squash (4-5 cups cubed)
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheese (Parmesan, Swiss or cheddar works best)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut the onion into thin rings.
  3. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium low heat and add the onion, sautéing over low heat until fragrant and golden, about 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, remove the skin and the seeds from the squash. Cut the flesh into small cubes. Bring the broth to a boil and add the squash.
  5. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until fork tender. Drain, reserving 1/2-cup broth, and transfer squash to the blender. Add the onions, milk, salt, and reserved broth and puree until completely smooth and creamy. This should yield about 4 cups sauce.
  6. Pour the pureed sauce over the cooked noodles and add the shredded cheese. Stir to melt the cheese; add water or milk to adjust consistency as needed. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Tips of the Month MOBILE

Planning Ahead Tip of the Month

“Plan Your Meals for the Week”

For cooking newbies, shopping for exact recipes can prove helpful. But for us, busy working moms, it is more interesting to look for ingredients you can use in a variety of dishes, this practice can save you time and money. After all, if you buy an entire bunch of tomatoes for a single taco salad, you’re going to end up with a lot in the garbage. But if you buy a whole bunch of tomatoes, cook them and divide them up to use in pastas, in wraps and in salads. You can save on cooking time and keep from throwing away your money. Go into the store knowing how many servings of proteins, grains and vegetables you need. When you get home, get creative to use up everything you’ve purchased.

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