The beloved childhood favorite gets a little extra nutrition from milk plus DHA. A sprinkle of flax meal boosts the omega-3s even more.
1 pound whole wheat elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons Horizon Organic unsalted butter
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
3 cups reduced fat Horizon Organic Milk plus DHA
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 or 2 pinches of cayenne pepper (optional)
3 cups Horizon Organic shredded cheddar
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons regular or golden flax meal*
*Find flax meal in the natural section of most grocery stores.
Preheat oven to 350°
Cook macaroni in salted water until softened but still a bit firm. Drain and set aside.
While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a 4-quart pot over low heat. Add flour and whisk until all the butter is absorbed into the flour, then cook for 1 additional minute. Add chicken or vegetable stock and whisk until all the flour is dissolved. Whisk in the milk, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and cayenne.
Increase heat to medium and continue to whisk as the mixture begins to thicken and takes on the appearance of a heavy cream sauce. Remove pot from the heat and add 2 cups of cheese, stirring until smooth.
Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and combine. Pour the mixture into a buttered 9x13-inch casserole dish. Top with chopped tomatoes, the remaining cup of cheddar cheese and all the breadcrumbs. Place in oven for 15 minutes. Allow mac and cheese to cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle flax meal over the top and serve.
Calories 529; Calories from Fat 207; Total Fat 24g; Saturated Fat 14g; Cholesterol 67mg; Sodium 719mg; Total Carbohydrates 59g; Dietary Fiber 6g; Sugar 7g; Protein 25g; Vitamin A 23% DV; Vitamin C 10% DV; Calcium 46% DV; Iron 18% DV.