Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese - Slender Kitchen

Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese

By Kristen Mccaffrey
adapted from:
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(8 PointsPlus®)

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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.

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Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese

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

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
1.25 cup (177g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321
Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 11mg
Sodium 432mg
Total Carbohydrate 52g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 7g
Protein 19g


  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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