Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tomato Soup Mac & Cheese (WW 9 Points)

And for a yummy meal that is on the lighter side.  I found this recipe for Tomato Soup Mac and Cheese on my favorite weight watcher recipe site Emily Bites.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb (16 oz) uncooked wheat or otherwise high fiber elbow macaroni or pasta shells
  • 3 tablespoons light butter, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz can) whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup torn basil leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ¼ cups fat free milk
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar, shredded (I used Cabot brand)
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar, shredded (I used Cabot Seriously Sharp)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. While the water is boiling for step one, melt one tablespoon of the light butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about 5 minutes until softened. Add the canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil and thyme and raise heat to bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  4. While the tomatoes are simmering, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of light butter in another saucepan. Add the flour to the butter and stir to combine. Add the milk a little at a time and whisk the flour mixture into the milk until smooth. Add the mustard powder and salt and stir to combine. Add 4 ounces of the shredded cheese (set aside 2 ounces for topping) to the milk mixture and whisk together until smooth. Make sure heat is on the lowest setting and warm cheese sauce for about 5 minutes to thicken.
  5. When the tomato mixture is done simmering, pour it into a blender (or use an immersion blender – one of my favorite tools!) and blend until smooth. Add the tomato mixture to the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Mix in the cooked pasta until well coated. Pour the pasta mixture into the reserved baking dish and sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked through and bubbly.
WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS:9 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
NUTRITION INFORMATION:
330 calories, 48 g carbs, 10 g fat, 15 g protein, 7 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
It may not be the prettiest meal but it sure was yummy and the kids and the husband ate all on their plates so that is a winner to me!


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6 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy!!! I'd like to invite you to share at my link party on Saturdays and would love if you would come share with me!
    Hope to see you there.
    Abbi @ www.seasonsofahomemaker.com

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  2. It looks tasty although I have never had anything like it! Thanks for sharing with us at Home Matters Linky. Hope you would join us again.

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  3. Thank you for linking up on Seasons on Saturday! You were featured!! Please come back and share this week!
    Abbi @ Seasons of a Homemaker

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  4. This looks so incredible! I'm always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

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