Thursday, February 12, 2015

Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

When I was little, my brother made Garlic Mac and Cheese.  It was rather gross.  This recipe on the other hand was rather delicious.  I will say that D rolled his eyes when he saw how to "roast" the garlic.  I told him I would do it since I do most of my cooking in the microwave (he'd prefer we not have one).

It was garlicky and creamy (D said soupy).  Both of us liked it.

D commented that the transfer of the garlic milk mixture back to the milk mixture might require another bowl.  So be aware.

We did have 1.5 servings each, because we had the calories.  We had it with Broccoli.

Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

Photo by ALB

We boost nutrition by using whole-grain pasta, and we rev up the flavor with quick microwave-roasted garlic. We prefer whole-grain pasta over whole-wheat pasta here; the flavor of the latter is rather strong--sometimes a touch bitter--and would over­-whelm the nice garlic notes.

Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)

2 whole garlic heads
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons water
10 ounce whole-grain penne
2 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided (about 1 cup)
2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
Cooking spray

1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Place garlic heads in a microwave-safe bowl; rub garlic heads with oil. Pour 3 tablespoons water into bottom of bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH for 4 minutes and 30 seconds or until garlic is very tender; cool slightly.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

4. Combine milk and flour in a medium saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook 3 minutes or until thickened; remove from heat. Stir in salt, pepper, 1 ounce cheddar, and mozzarella.

5. Separate garlic cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Place garlic pulp and 2 cups milk mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Stir garlic mixture into milk mixture. Add pasta; stir to coat. Spoon pasta mixture into 6 (10-ounce) ramekins or gratin dishes or a broiler-safe 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 3 ounces cheddar. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Let stand 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information 
Calories: 376; Fat: 12.9g; Saturated fat: 6g; Monounsaturated fat: 4.2g; Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g; Protein: 20g; Carbohydrate: 45g; Fiber: 4g; Cholesterol: 31mg; Iron: 1mg; Sodium: 568mg; Calcium: 386mg

Cooking Light, October 2014

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