Macaroni and Three Cheese Lunch Muffins

A delicious and healthy recipe for families on-the-go

This recipe is a must for mac ‘n’ cheese lovers—it’s rich and tender and includes a bit of nutritious winter squash purée. Plus, you can make it a family affair—kids can help by fitting the muffin cups with paper liners, measuring the cheese and sprinkling the tops of the muffins with Parmesan.

Serves: 12

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces (2 cups) elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
⅔ cup low-fat (1%) milk
1 ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3 ounces fresh goat cheese
1 ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup acorn or butternut squash puree
1 large egg, beaten
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

METHOD

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook macaroni according to package directions until just tender. Drain very well.

Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Stir in Cheddar cheese, goat cheese, mustard and salt; lower heat to medium low and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat and stir in squash puree. Stir in egg. Pour cheese mixture over macaroni and stir until coated.

Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and spoon macaroni mixture into liners. Sprinkle tops with Parmesan and bake until lightly browned and crispy on top, about 25 minutes. Cool muffins in the pans for 10 minutes. Eat warm or room temperature, or remove from the pan, cool on a rack, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

Recipe reprinted with permission of Whole Foods Market. See original here.

 

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