Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites

January 28, 2016 | By | Comments (5)

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Score a touchdown with your hungry crowd by serving these all-star, feel-good favorites at your Super Bowl party. After all, nothing can soothe the feeling of a loss (or the pain of not even being in the game) like melty, creamy, cheesy, comforting macaroni and cheese. Be still our hearts.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Bitty Bites
Time: 40 minutes
Because this recipe calls for unsalted stock, it eliminates a lot of added sodium.

Ingredients
10 ounce whole wheat elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 1/4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided
1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
8 teaspoons whole wheat flour
4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
3 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)

Preparation
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Set aside.

2. Preheat broiler to high.

3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes or until garlic is fragrant, stirring frequently (do not brown). Stir in 1 cup stock; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute. In a medium bowl, combine remaining 1 1/4 cups stock, milk, and flour; stir with a whisk until flour dissolves. Add milk mixture to garlic mixture, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove milk mixture from heat; add cream cheese, stirring until smooth. Stir in salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta to milk mixture, tossing to coat. Let stand 5 minutes. Spoon pasta mixture into a 24-cup mini muffin pan dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle cheddar evenly over pasta. Broil 5 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Let stand 5 minutes.

Serves 24 (serving size: 2 bitty bites)
CALORIES 86; FAT 4g (sat 2g, mono 1g, poly 1g); PROTEIN 4g; CARB 10g; FIBER 1g; CHOL 7mg; IRON 1mg; SODIUM 97mg; CALC 42mg

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COMMENTS

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    […] bites. I also love me some pasta and cheese so when the three are combined? Holy. Grail. But, these mac n’ cheese morsels are from Cooking Light making it all okay. Skimping on the calories here means more room for […]

    February 5, 2016 at 8:54 am
  5. The Best Super Bowl Ideas | Nat's Next Adventure

    […] bites. I also love me some pasta and cheese so when the three are combined? Holy. Grail. But, these mac n’ cheese morsels are from Cooking Light making it all okay. Skimping on the calories means more room for additional […]

    February 5, 2016 at 7:05 am

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