Monday, January 18, 2010

What's For Dinner Tonight?

Welcome to this week's What's For Dinner Tonight? post. I have not made this one yet but I will be making it this week. I'll probably add some Turkey Kielbasa and some veggies to round out the meal. Sounds good, huh?

If you get the chance to try this come back here and let me know what you think, k? Oh, and a little note. I looked it up to see what I could substitute for Bleu Cheese and it said Gorgonzola would work. I'm going to try that.

Have a wonderful Monday all!

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
POINTS® Value: 7
Servings: 9
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 48 min
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Here’s a stick-to-your-ribs version of macaroni and cheese that uses four different cheeses for maximum flavor. It’s a hearty serving—well worth the indulgence.

1 spray(s) cooking spray
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste (for cooking pasta)
12 oz uncooked macaroni
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cup(s) 1% low-fat milk
2 cup(s) onion(s), finely chopped
1/2 tsp paprika
2 piece(s) bay leaf
1/4 cup(s) blue cheese, crumbled
5 oz cheddar or colby cheese, shredded (extra-sharp suggested)
3 oz low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
3/4 tsp table salt, to taste
2 oz Parmesan cheese, finely grated (Parmigiano Reggiano suggested)

* Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.

* Cook macaroni in salted water as directed on package; set aside.

* Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly add flour, stirring constantly; cook for about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk to thoroughly incorporate flour mixture. Stir in onion, paprika and bay leaf. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently; remove from heat.

* Combine blue cheese with about two-thirds of both types of cheddar cheese in saucepan and season to taste with salt and pepper; stir in macaroni. Pour half of macaroni mixture into prepared casserole dish and top with remaining cheddar cheeses. Pour in remaining macaroni mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; bake for 30 minutes. Let stand for about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into 9 pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving.

12 comments that make my day!:

Donna said...

Thanks, Lori. I think I'll try this one. My DD loves Mac & Cheese but we don;t have it often. Looks yummy!

JenR said...

Looks yummy! I think the addition of keilbasa and veggies will make a wonderful whole meal! And thank you for looking up a bleu cheese sub... I'm not a big fan of that stuff!

Sparkplug17 said...

This looks so yummy. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm a meal gal too and the keilbasa and veggies sound good too.

Chrissy D said...

YUMMY!Looks delicious!

Sue from Oregon said...'ll have to let us know how it is!

QuiltNut Creations said...

too funny that i made homemade mac and cheese tonight and my recipe is almost identical to this one! and it was oh so yummy!!

Kerry McKibbins said...

That looks so good!

Jennifer ♥ said...

Looks great! Can't beat homemade mac and cheese. I love blue cheese/gorgonzola - I'll have to add that next time!

Diane said...

Yummyyyyy!!!! I'm def going to try it this week,after my Tops meeting,lol! I've been craving Mac & Cheese for awhile,so I'll try this recipie!TFS!!!!

Kim said...

Looks very yummy! Oh, have you ever tried the mozzarella and chicken sausages at Sam's club? It's their brand but it's basically the same as the Emeril brand found elsewhere. It looks like a bratwurst in shape and texture but it's incredible when sliced like pepperoni and added to pasta dishes. It's only 120 calories per sausauge and one is more than enough for a serving. Try them out!

Kim said...

Oh, and another comment. I bet Feta cheese would be yummy in this as well.

Stacey said...

This recipe looks SO GOOD!
We've already had dinner tonight but MAYBE we'll do THIS ONE tomorrow night?!?! LOVE that it's WW!
Thanks Lorie!