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Garlic Parmesan Mac And Cheese is better than the original! A creamy garlic parmesan cheese sauce coats your macaroni, topped with parmesan fried bread crumbs, while saving some calories! | https://cafedelites.com
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Garlic Parmesan Mac And Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Mac And Cheese made better than regular with a garlic parmesan cream sauce, topped with crispy fried parmesan! All in one pan!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mac and Cheese
Servings: 10 serves (just over 1 cup per serve)
Calories: 425 kcal
Author: Karina
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (500 grams) dry weight pasta, (elbow, macaroni, cellentani, or any other pasta)
CRISPY TOPPING:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup flour, all purpose or plain
  • 4 1/2 cups milk, divided (I used skim, but 2% or full fat are fine to use)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, or corn flour
  • salt and pepper, to season
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder, or a vegetable stock powder
  • 3/4 cup low fat grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 6 ounces low fat mozzarella cheese, sliced
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta in salted water, according to packet instructions, until JUST al dente (do not over-boil)! Drain and rinse well with cold water. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven grill or broiler to 190°C | 375°F.
FOR CRISPY TOPPING:
  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large, oven proof pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the Panko breadcrumbs; stir to coat and cook until golden browned. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
FOR THE SAUCE:
  1. Melt the 1/4 cup of butter in the same pan / skillet. Add the garlic and sauté until just fragrant (about 1 minute). Whisk in the flour; continue to cook while whisking (or stirring) for at least 2 minutes. Reduce heat down to low; gradually whisk in 4 cups of the milk (about 1/4 cup at a time), whisking between each addition to combine. Bring to a boil until beginning to thicken.
  2. In a separate jug, combine the cornstarch and remaining 1/2 cup milk; whisk until lump free and stir through the white sauce to thicken completely. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the bouillon powder.
  3. Remove from heat and add in the cheddar, 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese, and the mozzarella slices. Stir through until all of the cheese has melted. Toss the pasta through the sauce until completely coated.
  4. Top with the Panko and the remaining parmesan cheese. Broil (or grill) in oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until bubbling.
  5. Allow to cool down slightly before serving.
Recipe Notes

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Parmesan Mac And Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 425 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 564mg 24%
Potassium 291mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 11.2%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 42.4%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.