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Mac and Cheese Balls
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Prepare the carrot macaroni and cheese. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the carrots in a microwave safe container with 1/2 cup water. Cook on high for 5-7 minutes or until soft. 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. Place the carrots with any remaining liquid in a blender. Add the 1 cup of cooking water from the pasta. Blend until smooth. 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. 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.
When macaroni and cheese is cool enough to handle, shape into 12 balls (size of a large egg) and place in an airtight container. If you need to stack them on top of each other, place parchment paper in between. Place in the fridge and let refrigerate overnight. This helps the macaroni and cheese to thicken up and stay together during baking. You could probably get away with 2-3 hours in the fridge, but overnight is ideal.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a baking sheet into the oven while it is preheating.
Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Whisk together the egg whites, salt, pepper, and hot sauce in another bowl.
Dip each mac and cheese ball into the egg whites and then roll in the breadcrumbs.
Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and spray with cooking spray. Place the mac and cheese balls in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
* 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.
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