Recipe by Barilla
"Mac & Cheese is given a healthy Italian makeover with carrot puree and Barilla Whole Grain Elbows. Your family will never taste the difference!"
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Barilla Whole Grain Elbows
raw carrots, diced for carrot puree*
extra virgin olive oil
Asiago cheese, diced
fontina cheese, diced
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, shredded
Salt and black pepper to taste
This was very simple to make, and yes the recipe is high in fat and calories but in case you missed the title of the recipe it has cheese in it which will contribute to the higher fat and calorie content.
Healthy? Hardly! But healthier. I love the idea of sneaking in carrots into this comfort dish. Heavy cream makes for a great dish but 1% does fine too.
I often add cooked veggies. Steamed broccoli is my favorite but for folks whose kids don't "do" veggies it is a good idea.
Since I'm not a fan of elbows, I used rotini---the gluten free one (not my favorite choice, but what I have to deal with for my tasters). I have to tell you that my granddaughter loved this! I thought it was really missing flavor---more salt and (cayenne) pepper? Tajin? Sriracha? I followed the recipe exactly otherwise and thought I'd make it again for the little ones. I do really like the Barilla pasta---my favorite choice always!
tasty. I subbed evaporated skim milk for the cream and went a tad lighter on the cheese. It worked great. Fresh cracked rainbow peppercorns and pink sea salt perked this right up
My family loved this mac and cheese! I made the recipe as written except I used gluten free macaroni and it turned out perfect. There was a hint of carrots but my family had no clue.
I made this for a two year old and 8 year old for lunch and both of them ate it up. The only change I made was to use Barilla veggie pasta - the elbows made with carrots & butternut squash. Helped me sneak even more veggie-ness in there. Personally, I could taste the pureéd carrots, but it wasn't off-putting at all, and the kids didn't mention it. I will make this again for sure.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Healthy "Italian Mac and Cheese" with Carrot Puree
Serving Size: 1/7 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 7
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 382
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