Smoky Mac and Cheese

Smoky Mac and Cheese

  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 10 mins 
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 20 mins 
  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 10 mins 
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 20 mins 

Smoky Mac and Cheese

  • Prep : 10 mins
  • Cooking : 20 mins
  • Serves : 4

Ingredients

Serves 4
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) orecchiette or other small-shape pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, preferably smoked
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat smoked cheddar
  • 2 slices (2 ounces) 2% reduced-fat yellow American cheese
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) orecchiette or other small-shape pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, preferably smoked
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat smoked cheddar
  • 2 slices (2 ounces) 2% reduced-fat yellow American cheese

Directions

Step 1.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain.

Step 2.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add in the milk and cook, whisking now and then, until slightly thickened. Whisk in the Worcestershire, mustard powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the cheeses until smooth.

Step 3.

Add the drained pasta and stir until mixed.

Tip: To make this into a baked casserole, increase the milk to 2¼ cups and pour the cooked mac and cheese into a 2½-quart baking dish. Top with ¼ cup of seasoned bread crumbs and coat the casserole with cooking spray. Bake at 375°F until golden and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition (Per Serving)

  • 519 calCalories
  • 27 gProtein
  • 60 gCarbohydrates
  • 18 gFat
  • 52 mgCholesterol
  • 665 mgSodium
  • 2 gDietary Fiber