Cheesy Mexi-Mac

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Cheesy Mexi-Mac
  • 6Servings

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound whole wheat or whole grain rotini or penne rigate pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles or 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese
  • A small handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the broiler. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.

While the pasta is working, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and stock and simmer until it coats the back of a spoon thickly, about 5 minutes. Stir in the corn, chiles, bell pepper and chili powder; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and stir in 2 cups cheese. Remove from the heat.

Add the sauce to the pasta and toss. Place in a large casserole dish and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Place under the broiler to brown the top, about 2 minutes. Top with the cilantro, if using.