Healthier Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipes
Indulge in lighter versions of everyone's favorite comfort food
Lobster (or Crab) Macaroni and Cheese (Advanced Recipe)
3 cups dry whole-grain or whole-grain blend macaroni noodles
1 tablespoon whipped butter
3 tablespoons light cream cheese
2 1/2 cups fat-free half-and-half, divided use
1/4 cup Wondra quick-mixing flour
1/2 cup white wine (or nonalcoholic beer)
3 tablespoons shredded or grated Romano cheese
1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar or white cheddar
1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella or reduced-fat provolone
2/3 cup strong flavored cheese of your choice (gruyere, fontina,
Jarlsberg, havarti, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces cooked and shelled crab or lobster meat, cut into 1/2-inch
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped or minced garlic
2 cups coarse fresh wheat sourdough bread crumbs (add 2 large slices of
wheat sourdough bread, torn into pieces, to small food processor and pulse into
Canola or olive oil cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and coat a deep-dish pie plate with canola or
olive oil cooking spray.
- Bring lightly salted water to a boil in a large saucepan and add noodles,
cooking until al dente. Drain and return to large saucepan. Cover the pan to
keep the noodles moist and warm.
- Meanwhile, in medium nonstick saucepan, melt whipped butter over medium
heat until brown and fragrant (about a minute). Reduce heat to medium low or
low and add the cream cheese and 1/2 cup half-and-half. Continue to cook and
stir until a smooth mixture forms. Whisk in the remaining half-and-half. In a
small bowl, blend flour with white wine and whisk this mixture into the
half-and-half mixture in the medium saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil; continue
to stir until sauce thickens (a minute or two).
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in all of the cheeses, Tabasco,
and black pepper as desired. If cheese isn't melting completely, return pan to
stove and warm over low heat, stirring constantly until cheese melts. Pour
sauce over the noodles in the large saucepan, and stir in the crab or lobster
pieces. Spoon mixture into prepared pie plate.
- For topping: Add olive oil to small nonstick saucepan and get it hot over
medium heat. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in
breadcrumbs and continue to cook and stir until crumbs are golden.
- Spoon bread topping over macaroni and cheese, give the top a quick spray of
canola or olive oil cooking spray, and bake uncovered at 375 degrees until
bubbling (20-30 minutes).