Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese

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321 CALORIES 52g CARBS 5g FAT 19g PROTEIN
10
Freestyle™ SmartPoints™ New!
(10 Old SmartPoints™)
(8 PointsPlus®)
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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The Recipe

Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese

Adapted from foodandwine.com
PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 40 Min
TOTAL TIME: 45 Min
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Ingredients

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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

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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.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.25 cup (177g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321
Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 11mg
4%
Sodium 432mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate 52g
17%
Dietary Fiber 9g
34%
Sugars 7g
Protein 19g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
1 Comment
On Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese
Kelly
May 14, 2018 - 18:53
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YUM! :D This was delish and it was light... but filling! I seasoned with pepper and garlic salt. Easy to make and a great twist on mac & cheese.
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