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Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese


When you make this recipe, you may just have to keep a secret for a minute from your loved ones. Learn from my mistake. Don’t start out with, “Isn’t it really cool – there is a pound of carrots hidden in this macaroni and cheese!” Because in fact it isn’t very cool for everyone. Most people aren’t stoked to learn you have adulterated their favorite meal with oh so many carrots. So just keep quiet and wait. Wait until they are a few spoonfuls of macaroni and cheese bliss deep, and then spill the beans, or carrots. There will be shock, tilted heads and raised eyebrows, but they will go back for more.

Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
Nutritional Info: 226.6 calories, 6.8g of fat, 35.8g of carbohydrates, 5.8g of fiber, 11.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

Ingredients

  • 8 oz high fiber pasta shells or elbows
  • 1 lb. baby carrots
  • 1.5 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the carrots in a microwave safe container with 1/2 cup water. Cook on high for 5-7 minutes or until soft.
  3. Meanwhile cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Take the pasta out when it is al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid. Return to the pot.
  4. Place the carrots with any remaining liquid in a blender. Add the 1 cup of cooking water from the pasta. Blend until smooth.
  5. Add the carrot puree to the pasta and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. The sauce should thicken. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the 1.25 cups of cheese. Stir until creamy and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour into a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes until sides are bubbling. Broil for the last 2-3 minutes if you want a crispier top.

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* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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4 Response to Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese

  1. Katie on March 6, 2013

    Wow! Can’t wait to try this!

    Reply
  2. kris Aarhus on March 6, 2013

    Just made this for lunch…it is awesome! It truly tastes like the cheesiest mac and cheese – not a batch of carrots. I added a pinch of nutmeg and left the breadcrumbs off. Thanks for a great recipe!!

    Reply
  3. Liz on March 15, 2013

    Just made this and I love it, especially for 5 points plus! The carrot taste is not very present at all — it’s definitely more creamy and cheesy than carrot-y. Try it!

    Reply
  4. Diamonds4gems on April 2, 2013

    Just got this recipe this afternoon, by accident. Oh my gosh….
    It is so good. It actualky feels like I am indulging
    On a pasta dish. My 12 year old son loved it.
    Saw something about carrots and made sure
    They were not going to be added to the whole
    Dish. Litttle did he know…..one very orange pound
    Worth.

    Reply

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