Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mac & Cheese Soup

Who doesn't love Mac & Cheese and this was so freaking easy! Recipe from Food Network with a few changes.


  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni (1 cup)
  • Cooking spray
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 shallots (I used green onions)
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 3/4 cups fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


Cook macaroni as directed. Drain and set aside. (I had this cooking at the same time as the broth)

Mince the shallots, carrot and celery in a food processor. Mist a saucepan with cooking spray.

Add the vegetables and cook over medium-high heat until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.

Gradually stir in the broth and bring to a boil; cook, stirring, until thickened, 6 to 7 minutes.

Remove from the heat.

Add the milk, cheeses and macaroni and stir until the cheeses melt. Season with pepper.

Per serving: Calories 476; Fat 20 g (Saturated 12 g); Cholesterol 84 mg; Sodium 636 mg; Carbohydrate 46 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 27 g

*This was REALLY yummy - it could use more of a "kick" though - some kind of spice, even just crushed red pepper, could really liven it up!
I served it with home-made chicken fingers and fruit.

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