Grown-Up Mac and Cheese

A childhood favorite gains distinction from a blend of cheeses--fontina, Swiss and Parmesan--that's slightly more sophisticated than the expected American cheese. Laced with wine and a dash of nutmeg, the sauce is reminiscent of the recipe used for Swiss fondue.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 55 min
  • ingredients 14
  • servings 4

Ingredients

8
oz. (2 1/2 cups) uncooked mostaccioli or penne (tube-shaped pasta)
2
tablespoons margarine or butter
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon white pepper
Dash nutmeg
1 1/4
cups fat-free half-and-half
2
oz. (1/2 cup) shredded fontina cheese
2
oz. (1/2 cup) shredded Swiss cheese
2
oz. (1/2 cup) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
2
tablespoons dry white wine
2
Italian plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1
teaspoon olive or vegetable oil
2
tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 1 1/2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Cook mostaccioli to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, melt margarine in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg; cook and stir until bubbly. Gradually add half-and-half, stirring constantly. Cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in fontina, Swiss and Parmesan cheeses until melted. (Cheeses will be stringy.) Stir in wine.
  • 3 Add cooked mostaccioli to cheese sauce; stir gently to coat. Pour into sprayed dish. Arrange sliced tomatoes around outside edge of dish. Brush tomatoes with oil; sprinkle with onions.
  • 4 Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are bubbly and mixture is thoroughly heated.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
    Calories
    520
    (
    Calories from Fat
    200),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    22g
    22%
    (Saturated Fat
    11g,
    11%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    40mg
    40%;
    Sodium
    700mg
    700%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    56g
    56%
    (Dietary Fiber
    2g
    2%
      Sugars
    5g
    5%
    ),
    Protein
    24g
    24%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    25%;
    Vitamin C
    6%;
    Calcium
    50%;
    Iron
    15%;
    Exchanges:
    3 1/2 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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