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Healthy, tasty option for school weeknights
Just a pinch
Janet Tharpe food column
Janet Tharpe is a food columnist. - photo by File photo

With kids heading back to school, Jenny Powers’ mac and cheese with veggies is a super-easy weeknight meal.

Kids never turn down a bowl of mac and cheese, and with a recipe this tasty you can bet they’ll come back for seconds. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in some veggies.

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What You Need

16-ounce box of elbow macaroni, cooked al dente

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1 small can of green chilis, drained

1 stick butter

6 tbsps all-purpose flour

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 cup sour cream

4 cups shredded cheddar (use a combo of different cheese if you like)

1½ tsps dry mustard

½ tsp salt

½ tsp white pepper


• Combine all ingredients and put into a greased casserole dish.

• Cut the butter into small pieces and stir with warm macaroni to melt.

• Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

• You might have to cover with foil if it starts to get too brown.

• This dish makes its own sauce while baking.

©2011 Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Brought to you by American Hometown Media. Used by Permission.

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