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Gouda Mac-n-cheese

By Cole :: December 12, 2004 @ 09:20 AM

• 1 tablespoon butter
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 2 cups fat-free milk
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded smoked Gouda cheese
• 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
• 5 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
• 4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)


Preheat oven to 350°.

Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil; cook until thick (about 2 minutes). Add cheeses; stir until melted.

Add spinach and macaroni to cheese sauce, stirring until well blended. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until bubbly.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

CALORIES 399 (25% from fat); FAT 10.9g (satfat 6.2g, monofat 3g, polyfat 0.8g); PROTEIN 20.1g; CARBOHYDRATE 54.9g; FIBER 3.7g; CHOLESTEROL 33mg; IRON 3.6mg; SODIUM 725mg; CALCIUM 421mg;

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