11 SmartPts

Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese

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Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 3/4 cup|Calories: 351| Total Fat:  14 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 30 mg | Sodium: 496 mg | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 22 g | SmartPoints: 11

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dry whole grain macaroni noodles, cooked according to the package directions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder, (optional 1 tablespoon prepared mustard)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used white whole wheat)
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 2 cups low-fat Colby jack cheese
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper, ot taste

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and jalapeños and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking 1 more minute. Stir in the mustard powder and flour and season with salt and pepper. Stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add the milk and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute and turn off heat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the Colby jack and all of the cream cheese. Add the cooked pasta and stir until well coated. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  4. Top with breadcrumbs and remaining cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes until top is browned and cheese is bubbly. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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