I love carbs. I love noodles, specifically. I love cheese. I love spicy food.
That is why a Cooking Light version of this recipe rocks my universe.
Seriously. This is one of my favorite recipes. When I told Greg I was making it this week, he got all excited. And then I got all excited. And then I waited like a kid on Christmas until I got to make it yesterday. And it was worth all the build up. It always is.
Chipotle Mac & Cheese (from Cooking Light)
1 (7-ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Remove 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from can; set aside. Remove 2 chipotle chiles from can; finely chop to measure 1 tablespoon. Reserve remaining chiles and adobo sauce for another use.
3. Melt butter in a Dutch oven (**or large, deep-sided skillet, like I do) over medium-high heat. Add chopped chiles, onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with flour; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium; add tomatoes. Cook 3 minutes or until thickened.
4. Add reserved 1 teaspoon adobo sauce, pasta, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, milk, Parmesan, and egg; stir to combine. (**NOTE: Yes, this stage does look like a dutch oven full of vomit. But it's really good, I promise.)
5. Spoon pasta mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
-Calories: 324, Carbs: 39.6g, Protein: 34.2g, Fat: 8.5g
-Exchanges: 2.5 starch, 3.5 protein, 1.5 fat (this recipe does not work out evenly calorie-wise for exchanges...but these are my best estimates).