Everybody makes macaroni and cheese a little differently, and the "Good Morning America" anchor team is no different.
Diane, Robin, Chris and Sam are sharing their favorite versions of the classic American cuisine. Viewers voted Robin's recipe No. 1, followed by Diane's, Chris' and Sam's. You can cry them all out, and see which one you like best.
4 cups cooked Barilla Plus elbow pasta
2 tablespoons nonhydrogenated buttery spread (i.e., Organic Earth Balance whipped buttery spread.)
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups organic 1 percent milk
2 cups shredded Sharp cheddar cheese (optional: low fat)
½ cup grated Fontina cheese
½ cup grated Gruyere cheese
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon. dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
For an antioxidant boost add the following:
1½ cups cauliflower or broccoli florets, steamed (cauliflower works best with this dish)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook the multigrain pasta in boiling water for 7-8 minutes. Drain well and set aside. In a deep skillet, melt the buttery spread over medium heat. Add the flour to make a roux and stir well. Pour the milk and cook until the mixture is thick and smooth. Season with salt, dry mustard and cayenne pepper. Stir in 2 cups of shredded cheddar, Fontina and Gruyere cheeses and continue to cook until until fully melted. Add the cooked pasta and stir well. Transfer the mixture to a large casserole dish. Carefully take the presteamed cauliflower florets and sink them into and throughout the casserole. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and then bread crumbs over the top. Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes at 375 degrees F.
*Recipe courtesy of Beller Nutritional Institute.
Go to the next page for Diane's recipe.
And now for my favorite thing on planet Earth: that would be mac and cheese. There is nothing I love more, and honestly, I could eat this all day long. (It's partially what made me fat.) It's what I always wish I could have more of now. And speaking of wanting more, this version of mac and cheese has more cheese than noodles. What could be better? It's what I dream about at night. Call me crazy Carnie.
Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and the best crowd-pleaser I know. It takes you backward, forward, sideways and up and down, and makes you do that little "happy dance" you do inside when something really hits the spot ... until you step on the scale, that is.
For a split second, I thought about offering you a skinnier version of the mac, but let's get real. Just have the real thing and eat less. You could also do an extra 45 minutes on the treadmill. It's sooo worth it.
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