Easy, Creamy Mac & Cheese

pasta.jpgToday, from Jules, an easy, creamy (and better for you) mac and cheese recipe that very well may be my next casserole patrol contribution:

I'm really into Greek yogurt. Why was I so resistant to it before? It's low in (or devoid of) fat, free of sugar, super high in calcium, and really versatile. My kids and I love the creaminess of it and when I drizzle it with honey or maple syrup and add nuts, granola, or fruit, it becomes a serious treat for breakfast. Greek yogurt also is a great recipe ingredient, even on the savory spectrum.
I've started using plain Greek yogurt to thicken or "creamify" foods instead of cream or a buttery roux. I'll be following up with a favorite sweet use for Greek yogurt, but first, here's a fantastic savory recipe my kids love.

Jules' Easy, Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

*Note: I added the pureed squash the other night and my kids had no clue.

  • 1/2 - 3/4 pounds of your favorite pasta, cooked (we use angel hair)
  • 1 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 cup of reduced fat mozzarella cheese (or any cheese you want)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg, mixed
  • Pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Place in large casserole dish and top with additional cheese (or buttered breadcrumbs if you prefer). Place in oven until heated through and browned on the top. Super easy!

    Editor's Note: As a fellow Greek yogurt fanatic, I highly recommend you try these ridiculously easy parfaits, which I've found wonderful as a dessert substitute.

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