Monday, June 25, 2012

Creamy Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese is the ultimate comfort food no matter what time of year.  I came across this recipe and thought it was perfect for a Sunday dinner.  Any of you who have followed this blog regularly know that Sunday dinner is my big blow out meal for the week.

Recipe from Skinny Kitchen dot com.
Yields 6 servings.
277 calories per serving.

1.5 c whole wheat pasta
1/2 lb 96% lean ground beef
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 c onion, chopped
10 oz light alfredo sauce
1/2 c fat-free cottage cheese
1 c grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Black pepper, to taste
1/2 c reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a 2.5 qt casserole dish with cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to box & drain.

IN a large skillet, cook & break up ground beef over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
Stir in garlic.
Cook for 2 more minutes, until beef is browned.
Drain & place back into pan.

In the meantime, put zucchini & onions on a microwave safe plate.
Cook in microwave for 4 minutes until soft.
Add to pan of browned beef.
Stir in pasta, alfredo sauce, cottage cheese, tomato, & some pepper.
Mix well & spoon into casserole dish.
Sprinkle cheese over top.

Bake for 25 minutes.

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