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Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese


Prep time: 11 min
Cook time: 9 min
Serves: 6, scant 1 cup each
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The sauce is made in one skillet, and if you have any leftover pasta in the refrigerator, you won’t need to dirty a second pot to cook the pasta. Leftover spaghetti works best if cut into 1- to 2-inch lengths, and leftover large pasta, such as rigatoni or ziti, could be cut in half. You’ll need about 1/2 pound dry macaroni to get 4 cups cooked.

If you want a slightly crunchy texture, sprinkle each portion with a few toasted bread crumbs.

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  • 1 Tbsp regular butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 14 1/2 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese, mild variety
  • 1/2 cup(s) low-fat milk
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 4 cup(s) cooked macaroni, elbow variety



Step 1

Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture bubbles and thickens slightly, 2–3 minutes.

Stir the cheddar cheese, milk, Parmesan cheese, mustard, and salt into the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth, 2–3 minutes.

Stir the pasta into the skillet and cook until heated through and well coated, 1–2 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes before serving. Yields scant 1 cup per serving.

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