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Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Grown Up Mac Cheese Nicole Meyer
Chew fan Nicole Meyer submitted this yummy, "adult" Mac & Cheese. What makes it grown up? It's lighter than your average mac and cheese.
skill level
Easy
time
min
servings
cost
$
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Chew fan Nicole Meyer submitted this yummy, "adult" Mac & Cheese. What makes it grown up? It's lighter than your average mac and cheese.
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ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 Cup fat-free or low-fat half & half
  • 2 Teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 Cups whole-grain pasta (elbows or shells)
  • 1 Cup broccoli florets (chopped)
  • 1 zucchini (diced)
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 plum tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1/4 Cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 Cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 Cup gruyere cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 
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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350º. 
  • 2
    2 Cups whole-grain pasta (elbows or shells)
    In a large Dutch oven, cook pasta according to directions, in well-salted water. Drain and reserve.
  • 3
    1 - 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    3 shallots (finely chopped)
    1 clove garlic (minced) 
    1 Cup broccoli florets (chopped) 
    1 zucchini (diced)
    Place Dutch oven back on heat, and heat oil. Sauté shallots, broccoli, garlic & zucchini until they become tender. Add cooked pasta to veggies and stir.
  • 4
    1/2 Cup plain Greek yogurt
    1/2 Cup low-fat cottage cheese 
    1/4 Cup fat-free or low-fat half & half
    2 Teaspoon dijon mustard 
    1 Egg beaten 
    1 Cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
    1 Cup gruyere cheese (shredded)
    Combine yogurt, nutmeg, cottage cheese, dijon mustard, half & half, and egg in a bowl. Pour into pasta and vegetable mixture and add 1/2 cup of each of your 2 cheeses. Reserve the rest for topping.
  • 5
    1/4 Cup Italian breadcrumbs 
    2 plum tomatoes (sliced)
    Mix everything together and sprinkle bread crumbs and remaining cheese all over the top. Arrange tomato slices all over the top.
  • 6
    Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes; broil uncovered for an additional 10 minutes or until the top is browned.
 
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