Saturday, January 29, 2011

~mac & cheese, it's whats for dinner~

I made this last night and it was a huge hit so I thought I'd share it with you.

It's really not as fatty as it sounds, recipe is from cooking light.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)
8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
1 slice applewood-smoked bacon
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1/3 cup condensed 45% reduced-sodium 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded six-cheese Italian blend (such as Sargento)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded colby-Jack cheese
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
2. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Finely chop bacon; set aside. Increase heat to medium-high. Add chicken to drippings in pan; sauté 6 minutes or until done.
3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; sprinkle flour evenly into pan. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Combine milk and soup, stirring with a whisk; gradually add milk mixture to saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until sauce cools to 155°. Add Italian cheese blend, onion powder, garlic powder, dill, and salt, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in pasta and chicken.
4. Preheat broiler.
5. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with reserved bacon and colby-Jack cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
Nutritional Information
17g (sat 9.2g,mono 4.7g,poly 1.4g)

Eat your heart out!



Cassie said...

My family would love this, and perfect--it's from Cooking Light. Thanks for the recipe!


Looks like a perfect winter evening meal.


SHERRY HART said...'s not fattening...if you are disciplined enough to only eat ONE serving!!!
Sounds yummy!!!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Yay you. You actually got a non cook, me, to email this post to myself so i can print it off on my computer.
It looks that good and what's not to love about Mac and Cheese on a cold winter's night.

Melissa said...

Thanks this great recipe. My kids love mac and cheese, I can not wait to try this.

Unknown said...

Thank you for posting this recipe, sound yummy.


The enchanted home said...

Saw the word macaroni and the word cheese and I had to check it out, the pic is mouth watering and it sounds heavenly good! My oldest sons absolute favorite, is baked mac and cheese, gooey and homemade ,always looking for a new take. Will try..sounds delicious.

Meggan said...

This sounds amazing...and even better that it was from Cooking Light! Thanks for sharing!

Martha said...

Thank you!! I was looking recently for a kicked up mac and cheese recipe. Yum!

[email protected] eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this sounds delicious!Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

Alecia said...

That sounds AMAZING!!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Mmmm...perfect comfort food!!

Unknown said...

Oh my excuse the drool...YUMMY! I love a carb (I know I'm so bad) and cheese is a just about any variation of Mac and Cheese I'm all for!!


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Seawashed said...

I make a dish similar to this that I created...I use penne pasta, marinara sauce, sour cream, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, and turkey bacon. We call it penne pasta bake. It's a favorite in our cottage.

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