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Let's Make Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese
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Ingredients

  • 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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Step 1Preheat 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. You can also lightly boil them with the pasta until soft.
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Step 2Meanwhile 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.
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Step 3Place 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.
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Step 4Pour 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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