Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pasta with Vegetables and Cheese

If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know I like food. Cooking and eating. So does my family, at least the eating part.

I tried a new recipe this week -- Pasta with Vegetables and Cheese. Basically it's a lower fat version of homemade macaroni and cheese with the benefit of getting your vegetables too. It was a favorite with everyone, including the 15 and 12 year olds.

Pasta with Vegetables and Cheese
Pasta and Vegetables
2 c. medium pasta (I used ziti)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 1/2 c. small broccoli or cauliflower
2 c. cubed zucchini

1 T. unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. 1% fat milk
1 1/2 c. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 c. nonfat ricotta cheese

To prepare the pasta and vegetables: In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta, onions and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, broccoli or cauliflower and zucchini. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until the macaroni is just tender. Drain well in a colander, then return to the pot. Set aside.

To prepare the sauce: While the pasta is cooking, in a small saucepan, stir together the flour, mustard, pepper and salt. Slowly whisk in the milk until the flour is complete incorporated.

Place over medium heat and cook, whisking for 3 to 4 minutes, or until thickened. Gradually add the shredded cheese. Continue to whisk until it is completely melted. Add the ricotta and stir until incorporated.

Add the cheese sauce to the macaroni mixture. Stir well to incorporate. Place over low heat and warm, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.

Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 280 calories, 6.6 g. total fat

Note: I used frozen broccoli and zucchini rather than fresh and it worked just fine. I also added 3 oz. chopped Canadian Bacon.

Recipe from this book.


Anonymous said...

oh, I'll be making that! thanks for sharing

Sarah said...

This looks great!

Darlene said...

I collect cook books and recipes, this one is going to be right there at the top, it looks so good, and easy!