Photo: Andrew Grinton
Yes, you can add vegetables to mac and cheese. Sweet potato is a non-threatening presence that pairs nicely with the thick, creamy sauce. Rotisserie chicken adds a protein punch.
1 450 g pkg short pasta, such as macaroni or rotini
2 cups sodium-free chicken broth
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into ½-inch cubes
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tsp chopped garlic
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cups milk, warmed
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
4 cups grated aged white cheddar
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 cups shredded roast chicken
2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 tsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain.
In a saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add sweet potato and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain sweet potatoes (keeping the remaining chicken stock); set aside.
Heat butter in a pot over medium. Add onion and sauté for 2 min or until softened. Add garlic and sauté for 1 min longer. Add flour and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly for 2 min to cook out floury taste. Add 1/12 cups chicken stock. Add milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly until sauce is smooth and milk is fully incorporated. Stir in mustard. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 min or until thickened.
Remove from heat and add cheddar and Parmesan cheese a handful a time, stirring until melted and incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Combine sauce with roasted chicken, sweet potato and cooked pasta and pile into buttered ramekins or a buttered 9 x 13-in. casserole dish.
Toss bread crumbs with olive oil until moistened and sprinkle over pasta. Bake for 30 min or until sauce is bubbling.
Calories 683, Protein 35g, Carbohydrates 60g, Fat 33g, Fibre 4g, Sodium 630mg.
Originally published in the January 2013 issue. Photo by Andrew Grinton.
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