Spicy South Beach Diet Macaroni and Cheese

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This recipe makes 4 servings
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Hot and bubbling from the oven, this spicier version of our popular mac-and-cheese recipe adds fresh chopped tomatoes and basil with a hint of cayenne to turn up the volume. Look for spelt and whole-wheat pastas in health-food stores or in the pasta section of larger supermarkets.


  • 8 ounce(s) pasta, whole-wheat, elbow macaroni
    or spelt elbow pasta
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil spread, butter-flavored
  • 1 tablespoon flour, whole-wheat
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, cayenne
  • 1 1/4 cup(s) half-and-half, fat-free
  • 1 cup(s) cheese, cheddar, sharp, reduced-fat, shredded
  • 1/4 tablespoon basil, fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 spray(s) cooking spray
    to lightly coat baking dish
  • 2 large tomato(es), plum
  • peppercorns, black
    freshly ground, to taste


  • 1

    Heat the oven to 400ºF.

  • 2

    Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water for 30 seconds.

  • 3

    While pasta is cooking, in a large nonstick skillet melt vegetable oil spread over medium heat. Add flour and cayenne, reduce the heat to low, and whisk constantly until flour is incorporated, about 2 minutes.

  • 4

    Add half-and-half to the skillet, bring to a simmer over low heat, and cook, whisking frequently, until blended and thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add cheese, basil, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt; stir until blended. Add pasta and stir until coated and warmed, about 1 minute; remove from the heat.

  • 5

    Lightly coat an 8" by 8" baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer macaroni and cheese to the baking dish.

  • 6

    Sprinkle tomatoes on top and season with pepper. Bake until hot and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Place under the broiler and broil until the top is lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve hot. 

  • Each serving is a 1-1/4 cup.
Nutritional Information Amount Per Serving
  • Calories360
  • Total Fat12g
  • Saturated Fat6g
  • Sodium280mg
  • Carbohydrates51g
  • Dietary Fiber6g
  • Protein18g
  • Cholesterol-
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