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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Cooking Light ~ Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

For the month of February, our Cooking Light Virtual Super Club decided to have a meal of comfort food. Something that would cozy us up on a cold winter's night. Being a good southern girl. . . I immediately thought of Mac & Cheese. Of course, I wouldn't be finding any recipes with Velveeta (the creamiest thing ever created by man!)
I did, however, find a 'gouda' recipe on Cooking Light!
Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese
1 (1-ounce) slice whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded smoked Gouda cheese
1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
5 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil; cook until thick (about 2 minutes). Add cheeses; stir until melted.
Add spinach and macaroni to cheese sauce, stirring until well blended. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs (I left this off). Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until bubbly.
Now let's see what everyone else has brought for our Winter Comfort Meal (is this REALLY all cooking light?)...
Jerry has a Tuscan White Bean Soup
Val is bringing a Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread
Roz has our main course Sirloin Steaks with Mushroom Sauce and Chive-Garlic Potatoes
Giz is bringing a pumpkin flan for dessert.
Don't forget, that y'all are welcome to join in our virtual supper with the blog hop!
Y'all enjoy~
Sandi

3 comments:

bellini said...

Macaroni and Cheese is my ultimate comfort food.

Pam said...

Sounds pretty gouda to me.

Roz said...

This sounds insanely delicious, especially with the addition of gouda! I haven't had mac n cheese in a decade due to my fear of the fat, but this recipe will bring me back to the good old times of devouring one of my favorite comfort foods!

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