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Old-Fashioned Mac and Cheese

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time20 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time50 mins

Cutting carbs? Limiting Gluten? Sub in a chickpea pasta (such as banza). It cooks up and tastes a lot like regular pasta but packs extra protein and lacks gluten and wheat.

 2 cups macaroni
 4 tbsp butter
 2 tbsp flour
 2 cups milk
 ¼ tsp salt
 ¼ cup grated or minced onion
 4 oz processed cheese food (such as Velveeta), cubed
 1 cup shredded medium-sharp cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 oz.)
 Cracked black pepper

Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Cook macaroni until al dente; drain. Preheat oven to 350*F.


Meanwhile, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour to form a paste. Add milk and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Boil, whisking, 1 minute more. Stir in salt and black pepper. Remove from heat.


Add half of macaroni to prepared dish, followed by half of onion and half of each cheese. Repeat layers. Pour sauce over top. Dot top with remaining 2 Tbsp. butter.


Cover with foil; bake until cheeses are melted, about 30 minutes. Top with cracked black pepper.

Tip for cooking pasta "al dente"

Put the pasta in a pot with enough cold water to bring the level about 1 1/2 over the dry noodles. Turn the heat to medium/high heat. Salt the water. Bring the water to a rolling boil until the pot is "just about to boil over". Then TURN IT OFF & STIR ONCE to make sure the noodles are not sticking together. Then PUT THE LID BACK ON and just wait until the noodles swell and look done. (maybe 10 minutes with the lid on)
*if using an electric range, you may have to move the pot off the hot burner when it's time to turn the heat off*

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 3/4 cup

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g33%

Saturated Fat 12g60%
Sodium 470mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 28g10%

Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 15g30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.