norma's healthy broccoli & white bean mac & cheese

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Norma DeRemer
from York, PA

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.

★★★★★ 1 Review
serves 4

Ingredients For norma's healthy broccoli & white bean mac & cheese

  • 1 c
    skim milk, divided
  • 3 Tbsp
    whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 c
    nonfat evaporated milk
  • 3
    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
  • 1
    red pepper, chopped
  • 1 c
    canned unsalted white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp
    paprika

How To Make norma's healthy broccoli & white bean mac & cheese

  • 1
    In a small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of skim milk and flour and set aside.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium and whisk in flour mixture until no longer lumps remain.
  • 4
    Reduce heat to low and cook,whisking constantly until mixture thickens, about 1 minute.
  • 5
    Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese and 3 tablespoon of romano until well blended.
  • 6
    Season with salt and pepper, cover and keep warm on lowest heat setting until needed.
  • 7
    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.
  • 8
    Drain and return to pot. Stir in beans and milk mixture and heat on low. Cook for 1 minute, until heated through.
  • 9
    Spoon onto serving dishes and top with remaining 2 tablespoons of Romano and paprika, dividing evenly and serve hot.

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