Lightened-Up Mac & Cheese

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  • 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


  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.


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