Friday, June 12, 2015

Macaroni and Cheese with Black Beans and Chipotle

Last week, I came upon this recipe. I was seriously bummed because I wanted it right then, and we already had our food plan together.  And I couldn't possibly go to the store and move things off the day they were planned.  Nope!  So I figured out the calories, and D and I decided to have it yesterday.

Since he had the day off, he made it.  The servings were huge and there was a lot of cheese.  Like next time we are cutting back the cheese (which will save calories as well).

But yes, there will be a next time.

We added pico de gallo on top.

Macaroni and Cheese with Black Beans and Chipotle

FROM: Serious Eats
YIELD: Serves 4
ACTIVE TIME: 30 mintues
TOTAL TIME: 30 mintues

Photo by ALB

2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk (used fat-free)
2 eggs
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 whole chipotle chilis packed in adobo, minced, plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from can
1 serrano chili or jalapeño chili, finely minced
6 ounces block American cheese, roughly grated or diced (used 2% Velveeta)- next time use 4oz
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, roughly grated or diced- Next time use 4oz
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
4 finely sliced scallions
Added Pico de Gallo (but not in NI)

1. Combine cornstarch, evaporated milk, and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until homogenous. Set aside.

2. Cook pasta in a large stock pot in salted water according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water. Return to stock pot and add cooking water, beans, chipotle chilies, serrano or jalapeño, evaporated milk mixture, and cheeses. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy and smooth. Stir in cilantro and scallions, reserving some for garnish. Transfer to serving bowl, top with remaining cilantro and scallions, and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (from MyFitness Pal)
Used FF Evaporated Milk, and 6oz of each cheese
Calories: 677; Total Fat: 22 g; Saturated Fat: 11 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Trans Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 161 mg; Sodium: 1438 mg; Potassium: 412 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 80 g; Dietary Fiber: 8 g; Sugars: 18 g; Protein: 40 g

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