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
I feel compelled to speak up for this recipe even though I, like the other reviewers, have not tried it. There is much current supporting evidence that this, as a lower-carb recipe, may be much better for some people due to the lower glycemic index (though carrots are higher-glycemic than many vegetables). If a diabetic person is considering this versus a typical boxed version, this may be a much better idea. And for those who are successful with Atkins/Southbeach-type dieting; it could be a good choice.
I did something unconventional compared to the other reviewers.....I actually made the dish. It 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. If you want to complain about them being high then eat plain macaroni elbows and save the sanctimonious bs for another post!
2 cups heavy cream? plus 2 1/2 cups other cheeses? AND 2 T of oil? what exactly makes this healthy? take any old mac and cheese recipe and substitute whole wheat pasta. Serve with a side of carrots.
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.
* 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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