Norma's Healthy Broccoli & White Bean Mac & Cheese

Norma DeRemer


This is nother dish Woody and I came up with after I returned home from the hospital. Making more healthy dishes now and planning on making a new cookbook when I'm finished with some more new dishes for those who want to either loose weight or just have healthy meals to eat. Tonight we reheated the left-over of this and added spinach to it with a side salad. Turned out great. I call this the ultimate healthy comfort food with low fat and high level of protein.

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1 c
skim milk, divided
3 Tbsp
whole-wheat flour
3/4 c
nonfat evaporated milk
garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp
fresh gound nutmeg
4 oz
low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
5 Tbsp
finely grated or powdered romano cheese, divided
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 box
of a 13.25 ounce box of whole-wheat elbow macaroni
3 c
chopped 1 inch broccoli florets
red pepper, chopped
1 c
canned unsalted white beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

In a small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of skim milk and flour and set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine remaining 3/4 cup skim milk and evaporated milk and place on stove over high heat and stir in garlic and nutmeg.
Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium and whisk in flour mixture until no longer lumps remain.
Reduce heat to low and cook,whisking constantly until mixture thickens, about 1 minute.
Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese and 3 tablespoon of romano until well blended.
Season with salt and pepper, cover and keep warm on lowest heat setting until needed.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add macaroni and broccoli and cook for 6 minutes. Pasta will be slightly undercooked at this point. Stir in bell pepper.
Drain and return to pot. Stir in beans and milk mixture and heat on low. Cook for 1 minute, until heated through.
Spoon onto serving dishes and top with remaining 2 tablespoons of Romano and paprika, dividing evenly and serve hot.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy