Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals – #15MinuteSuppers

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #15MinuteSuppers

My finicky little shark Jesse adores the spiral mac n cheese from our local fresh food market Fresh and Easy. I mean adores! However, when I went in there a couple of weeks ago, they decided to switch their homemade spiral mac n cheese with elbow macaroni.

The nerve, I know! Don’t they know that creamy cheese sauce tastes so much better when it is swimming and spiraling in each little pasta crevice?

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #15MinuteSuppers

So Mommy to the rescue! I made my finicky shark my own version. And boy did he lap this plate of pasta up! I plan to make this again soon for him, but gluten free. He’s been going gluten free now for 4 days and he has had nearly perfect behavior and schoolwork all week long! Coincidence? I think not! I’m just going to swap out the flour for rice flour and the traditional pasta for quinoa and rice pasta. Yum!

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #15MinuteSuppers

Now to this creamy mac…it’s done in only 15 minutes…beat that blue box mac n cheese. But remember that I mention this is homemade, so this packs all the traditional homemade flavor of good old fashioned baked macaroni and cheese, with absolutely no artificial flavors. I was going for a replication of the packaged fresh foods mac here, and Jesse gave me two thumbs up.

And it’s a reduced fat version of the typical full fat mac, using low fat instead of full fat milk or heavy cream. So get a pot and grab these ingredients and whip this up for your famished fish today.

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals

Ingredients:
16 oz uncooked rotelli noodles (regular or gluten free)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour (or rice flour)
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
Dash Worcestershire sauce
3 cups low fat milk, divided
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Directions:
Add uncooked pasta to a large pot of boiling water. Cook 9-11 minutes, according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan set over medium heat, melt the butter. When butter has melted, stir in flour to create a roux.

Slowly stir in 1 cup of milk and the mustard and paprika. Stir and cook until the mixture thickens. Add the remaining 2 cups of milk and the salt and worchestershire sauce.

Cook and stir 5 minutes until has thickened.

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #15MinuteSuppers

Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the sharp cheddar cheese. Stir the sauce until the cheese has melted.

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #15MinuteSuppers

Drain the pasta and return to large pot. Carefully pour the cheese sauce over the cooked pasta.

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #15MinuteSuppers

Stir gently to combine the cheese sauce and pasta.

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #15MinuteSuppers

Ladle the mac n cheese spirals into a large serving bowl and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese.

Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #15MinuteSuppers

Enjoy every last cheesy creamy spoonful. Just typing about this makes me want to make this again very soon!

What is your favorite version of macaroni and cheese?

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Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 757 calories

Fat 39 g

Carbs 65 g

Protein 36 g

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Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 15

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz uncooked rotelli noodles (regular or gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour (or rice flour)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups low fat milk, divided
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Add uncooked pasta to a large pot of boiling water. Cook 9-11 minutes, according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan set over medium heat, melt the butter. When butter has melted, stir in flour to create a roux. Slowly stir in 1 cup of milk and the mustard and paprika. Stir and cook until the mixture thickens.
  3. Add the remaining 2 cups of milk and the salt and worchestershire sauce. Cook and stir 5 minutes until has thickened.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the sharp cheddar cheese. Stir the sauce until the cheese has melted.
  5. Drain the pasta and return to large pot. Carefully pour the cheese sauce over the cooked pasta. Stir gently to combine the cheese sauce and pasta.
  6. Ladle the mac n cheese spirals into a large serving bowl and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese.
  7. Serve immediately.

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