Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Best "boxed" mac and cheese ever.

The parallel thinks you can't get anything good out of a box. Especially if that thing is mac and cheese. I however, beg to differ. It's so easy to dress up...and here is the proof. The best mac and cheese I've ever had, I think. And bonus, low fat. Kinda.

Out of the box Mac & Cheese
Box of mac and cheese (I like the Trader Joe's rice pasta and cheese)
Olive oil
Small head broccoli, cut in bite size pieces
1 small shallot, diced
Chicken broth
Salt and pepper
Pinch nutmeg
1/3 cup non fat Greek yogurt
About 2 oz reduced fat smoked Gouda, chopped

Boil the pasta in salted water according to box directions.

Meanwhile, In a skillet, heat a splash of oil, then add shallots, saute about 3 minutes. Add broccoli and a bit of chicken broth, stir often about 10 minutes or til broccoli Is almost soft (or as soft as you want), adding a splash of broth now and then if it looks dry. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Turn off heat.

When pasta is done, drain in colander, return empty pot to stove over low. Heat yogurt, cheese mix, and Gouda pieces, stirring constantly, til Gouda is melted and sauce is smooth.

Add broccoli mixture and drained pasta, mix well til well blended. Serve hot.

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