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Servings: Serves 4
- 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup nonfat skim milk
- 1/2 cup butternut or cauliflower puree
- 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
- 4 ounces (almost 1/4 cup) reduced-fat or nonfat cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain in a colander.
While the macaroni is cooking, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the oil, then the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture resembles a thick paste but has not browned, 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the milk and cook, stirring every now and then, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the vegetable puree, Cheddar, cream cheese and seasonings and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the macaroni and serve warm.
Printed from Oprah.com on March 12, 2014
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