Asiago Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower provides a flavorful addition to this mac and cheese dinner – ready in 20 minutes.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 5

Ingredients

Crumb Topping

2
teaspoons olive oil
1/4
cup unseasoned panko bread crumbs

Casserole

1 1/2
cups uncooked whole-grain elbow macaroni
5
cups cauliflower florets
2
teaspoons olive oil
2
cups fat-free (skim) milk
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
3/4
cup shredded Asiago cheese
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1
jar (4 oz) diced pimientos, drained
2
tablespoons julienne-cut fresh basil leaves

  • 1 In 8-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add bread crumbs to oil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until golden brown; set aside.
  • 2 In 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepan, cook macaroni as directed on package, except add cauliflower florets 5 minutes before end of cook time. Drain; return to Dutch oven.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 1 1/2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. In small bowl, beat together milk and flour, using whisk, until smooth. Stir milk mixture into oil in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat; cool 3 minutes. Stir in cheese, salt, nutmeg and pepper just until cheese melts; stir in pimientos and 1 tablespoon basil.
  • 4 In Dutch oven, cheese mixture into cooked macaroni until well combined. For each serving, sprinkle macaroni with about 1 tablespoon crumb topping and about 1 teaspoon basil.

Expert Tips

Real mac and cheese for people with diabetes? We’ve stretched the carbs by using less pasta, and then bulked it up with cauliflower! Cauliflower has such a mild taste, that you barely notice it in the cheese sauce. Whether or not you choose to let your family know the secret is totally up to you.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
770mg
770%;
Total Carbohydrate
49g
49%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
17g
17%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
45%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.