Two aspects of this macaroni and cheese set it apart from others. First, smokey-flavor Gouda cheese adds depth of flavor. Second, skim milk, less butter and reduced-fat cheese cut down on the fat content.
Oven-Baked Mac n’ Cheese – Serves 4
2 cups GF macaroni
1 Tbs unsalted butter
1/2 small onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbs GF all purpose flour
2 cups skim milk
1 tsp ground mustard
Salt & pepper, to taste
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese (purchase a block and shred at home)
Heat oven to 350. Coat a 2-quart baking dish (or individual baking dishes) with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, set aside and keep warm. Meanwhile, while the pasta is cooking, melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Add onions and garlic; cook about 1 minute. Add flour and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in milk and ground mustard until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to boiling. Cook about 2 minutes, until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted.
Remove from heat and add cooked macaroni. Pour into prepared dish(es). Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
Meal Cost: Approximately $7.46