Creamy Macaroni and Cheese With Tomatoes

An old-fashioned comfort food gets a flavor enhancement and vitamin boost from grated carrots and sliced tomatoes, proving macaroni and

An old-fashioned comfort food gets a flavor enhancement and vitamin boost from grated carrots and sliced tomatoes, proving macaroni and cheese can be healthy and delicious.

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  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups low-fat (1%) milk, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

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  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 2 tomatoes, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh whole-wheat bread crumbs

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook macaroni until tender, following package directions. Drain well. Return to pot.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Meanwhile, in large nonstick saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Add scallions and salt. Cook, stirring, occasionally, 3 minutes. Gradually stir in flour. Cook 1 minute. Gradually stir in 1 cup of the milk until well blended, with no lumps. Gradually stir in remaining milk. Bring to a boil. Lower heat. Simmer, stirring, until lightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in mustard. Stir in cheddar, Monterey Jack, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat 13 × 9 × 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Fold carrot and cheese sauce into macaroni. Scrape into prepared baking dish. Arrange tomatoes in single layer over top. Combine remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and crumbs in small bowl. Sprinkle over tomatoes.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Bake until filling is bubbly and topping is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.[/step-item]

[nutrition-info calories=”502″ calories_fat=”” fat=”19 g” sat_fat=”9 g” choles=”39 mg” sodium=”862 mg” carbs=”60 g” sugars=”” protein=”26 g” fiber=”3 g”] [/nutrition-info]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest