Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

Corn Chowder Mac N Cheese

I found this recipe through a #SundaySupper I hosted back in December. Do you remember? Celebrity Chef week? I saw this recipe and knew it had to be one I tried while pregnant because it’s not the healthiest dish however Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz does a pretty good job “healthifying it!!” I made this for friends of mine that came over for dinner a few weeks ago and it was a big hit. I had seconds and my girlfriend even figured out her dish was worth 8 points via Weight Watchers. We served it with a nice big salad and it was a great meal!

Corn Chowder Mac N Cheese (1)

Serves: 8-10
Recipe Adapted From: Sue’s Nutrition Buzz

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Whole grain Penne Rigate
  • 1 Large can of corn
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 6 slices of Canadian Bacon
  • 1 baking potato
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 1/2 -1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 cup low fat parmigan – reggiana cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup Low fat sharp cheddar cheese

Directions

Boil penne pasta, add salt and cook al dente and drain.

Add corn , potato, onion, diced pepper, jalapeno, garlic, Canadian bacon and saute for 8-10 minutes till soft.

Corn Chowder Mac N Cheese (2)

In a separate pan, melt butter, whisk in flour , then the milk. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Cook till mixture coats the spoon. Add grated parmigiano cheese.

Corn Chowder Mac N Cheese (4)

Add the corn potato mixture to the pasta. Add the white sauce mixture to the pasta,. Transfer to casserole.

Corn Chowder Mac N Cheese (5)

Top with cheddar cheese and broil 3- 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Corn Chowder Mac N Cheese (6)

Note

I made this dish earlier in the day before my friends came over and kept it in the casserole dish on top of my stove. When it was time to eat I added the cheese on top and baked it at 350 for 20 min. I mixed it a bit, added a little more cheese and then broiled it for 5 min to crisp it up. Perfect!

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