Saturday, December 25, 2010

Healthy Mac & Cheese

This week we taste tested Macaroni and Cheese with hidden veggies at Edgewood School. The kids LOVED it and soon our menus will reflect the NEW Mac & Cheese. Here is the Recipe:

Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes & White Beans
1/2 cup butternut puree
1/2 cup white bean puree
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
3 cups elbow macaroni
2 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
1 cup whole milk
3 cups shredded Cheddar
Kosher salt & pepper to taste

You will need puree's for this recipe. Halve a squash, scoop out the seeds, bake it, cut side down, for about 30 minutes. Repeat process for sweet potato.

Scoop out the flesh and puree the squash & sweet potato with a food processor or blender. Add white beans and process. If you must add water to get the right consistency, use as little as possible.

Boil a large pot of salted water. Cook the macaroni according to package directions.

Heat a saucepan on medium. Melt and heat butter. Whisk in flour, until it forms a thick paste.

Whisk in the milk and cook until it begins to thicken, 3-4 minutes. Next add the squash puree and cheeses. Stir until it is all melted.

As soon as its all melted, remove from heat. Toss with the macaroni noodles and serve immediately.

Not only will the children love this version but they will have no idea that the 'cheese' sauce is chock full of veggies!

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