This Macaroni Two Cheese Casserole recipe makes a delicious, creamy side dish your family will love. In fact, the next time you make it, they will want to help.

Macaroni Two Cheese Casserole Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Ready In: 45 min

Servings: 4

1 cup uncooked Elbow, Small Shell or Ziti
2 tbsp Margarine
2 tbsp finely chopped Shallots or Onion
1 tbsp All-purpose Flour
1 cup Fat-free Milk
¾ cup shredded reduced-fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 slice Whole Wheat Bread, crumbled into soft crumbs
¼ tsp Paprika, preferably hot Hungarian
2 tbsp grated Parmesan or Asiago Cheese

Cook the macaroni according to the package directions, omitting salt; drain well.
While the macaroni is cooking, melt 1 tablespoon of the margarine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the shallots until tender, about three minutes. Add the flour; cook and stir one minute. Add the milk; cook until the sauce thickens, about four minutes, stirring often.
Stir in the Cheddar cheese until melted. Add the cooked macaroni and mix well. Prepare a gratin dish or shallow ovenproof baking dish with nonstick pan spray. Transfer the macaroni and cheese to the dish. Preheat the broiler.
Melt the remaining margarine; combine it with the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the macaroni.
Boil four to five-inches from the heat source until the top is lightly browned, about two minutes.

Tips & Notes
Though it’s often high in fat, cheese can offer significant benefits to your health when you eat it in moderation. You can use cheese in many different foods, and the benefits vary accordingly, as some cheeses are more beneficial to your health than others, particularly when they’re hand-made or traditionally made instead of highly processed.
Many cheeses are high in protein, which is a vital nutrient to maintain lean muscle.
Some people do not eat enough protein, so cheese is a useful way of bumping up your daily intake, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Full-fat cheeses are usually quite calorie-dense and can serve as a useful form of energy. Cheese contains saturated fat, which according to the Harvard School of Public Health, is fine to eat in small amounts. Alternatively, eating reduced-fat cheeses will give you the same “mouth satisfaction” as eating regular cheese and can be a useful snack to keep you from veering off a healthy eating plan into more indulgent territory.
Most cheeses are also very high in vitamins and minerals. You’ll pick up beneficial amounts of phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc from eating cheese, as well as boosting your intake of vitamins B-2, B-12, A and D.
Additionally, many cheeses will improve the profile of your gut bacteria, which aid in healthy digestion, metabolism and circulation.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 270
Total Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Sodium: 300mg
Total Carbohydrates: 28g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 14g


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