Pumpkin mac n'cheese

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A classic dinner-table favorite gets a fall spin with pumpkin mac n'cheese.

    Margaret Pauly, corporate dietician with FitNuh will join Ashley, Alyse and Tom to demonstrate this recipe.

    Pumpkin Mac n'Cheese

    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cook time: 15 minutes
    Serving size: 1 cup
    Number of servings: 5

    ½ lb. uncooked elbow macaroni
    2 Tbs Smart Balance spread w/Omega 3
    2 Tbs all purpose flour
    1 ¾ Cups non-fat milk
    ½ cup pumpkin puree
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp nutmeg
    1/8 tsp pepper
    1 cup shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
    2 Tbs neufchatel cheese

    • Cook macaroni in a medium pot of boiling water for 9 minutes.
    • Drain macaroni in colander and reserve.
    • While pasta is cooking, in medium pan, on medium heat, melt Smart Balance until bubbling, but not browned.
    • Whisk flour into melted Smart Balance spread and cook while stirring for about 1 minute.
    • Whisk in the milk, stirring until mixture thickens, approximately 3-4 minutes.
    • Add the pumpkin puree and whisk until blended.
    • Take pan off the heat and add salt, nutmeg, pepper, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and Neufchatel cheese. Stir until completely melted.
    • Add cooked macaroni, reheating if necessary.

    Nutritional info:
    Calories: 358; total fat: 12.2 g; Sodium: 434 mg; Dietary fiber: 2.1 g; Protein: 16.4 g

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