Lightened-Up Mac & Cheese

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Ingredients

  • Pasta
  • 3 ½ cups milk, divided (I used almond milk!)
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I used Cabot cheddar cheese!)
  • Salt & pepper

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, prepare pasta to al dente according to package directions and drain into a colander.
  2. Add flour to a liquid measuring cup. Slowly and gradually add ½ cup of milk, whisking constantly. The flour/milk mixture will be thick.
  3. Using the same pot as you cooked the pasta, add 1 cup of milk to the pot then whisk in flour/milk mixture until smooth. Heat over medium-low heat whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in 2 more cups of milk and continue cooking on medium-low for 7-10 more minutes, until thickened again.
  4. Remove pot from heat. Whisk in salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and shredded cheese. Once the cheese is fully melted, gently stir in pasta.

Enjoy!

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