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Macaroni and Cheese

Time:30 mins
Ingredients
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces plain or whole-wheat corkscrew pasta (fusilli)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups), plus more for serving (optional)
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Macaroni and Cheese

Time:1 hour 40 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 pound short pasta, such as cavatappi or macaroni
  • Coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups shredded (12 ounces) sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup finely grated (2 ounces) Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups very coarse fresh breadcrumbs
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Cheesy Pasta Primavera

Ingredients
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat fusilli or other short twisted pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced medium
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch half-moons
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
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Time:10 mins
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Guacamoldy with Creature Chips

Ingredients
  • Plain or butter-flavored vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 24 assorted large flour tortillas, such as plain, whole wheat, and sun-dried tomato
  • Coarse salt
  • 3 pounds ripe Hass avocados, (about 7), pitted. peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, (about 3 limes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, leaves
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