Healthy "Italian Mac and Cheese" with Carrot Puree

Healthy "Italian Mac and Cheese" with Carrot Puree

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"Mac & Cheese is given a healthy Italian makeover with carrot puree and Barilla Whole Grain Elbows. Your family will never taste the difference!"

Ingredients 35 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 623 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 623 kcal
  • 31%
  • Fat:
  • 42.4 g
  • 65%
  • Carbs:
  • 43.7g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 19.2 g
  • 38%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Sodium:
  • 474 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot and a small pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions.
  3. Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Meanwhile in a large skillet saute garlic in olive oil until slightly yellow in color.
  5. Add cream to skillet; slowly bring to a simmer and add carrot puree and pasta.
  6. Whisk in Asiago and fontina cheeses, simmer.
  7. Pour mix into a 2-quart casserole dish, top with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and bake 10 minutes in the oven.
Tips & Tricks
Pasta Salad with Peaches and Basil

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Gluten Free Elbows Soup

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Footnotes

  • *To make carrot puree: Boil carrots in the small pot; when tender drain and rinse. Puree the carrots in a food processor or blender until smooth adding water as needed to make a thick sauce.
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Elizabeth
12/26/2014

My 2 year old ate this up. I thought it was ok. I used rotini pasta since it's easier for him to eat. I think the recipe is not that healthy though considering the fat and calorie content. I would try using whole milk maybe next time.

Flantastic
3/27/2014

This was very simple to make, and yes the recipe is high in fat and calories but in case you missed the title of the recipe it has cheese in it which will contribute to the higher fat and calorie content.

Handful
2/12/2014

Healthy? Hardly! But healthier. I love the idea of sneaking in carrots into this comfort dish. Heavy cream makes for a great dish but 1% does fine too. I often add cooked veggies. Steamed broccoli is my favorite but for folks whose kids don't "do" veggies it is a good idea.