Who doesn't love the tangy creaminess of Laughing Cow® wedges?
The other day I received a package from the people at Laughing Cow Cheese! (The Laughing Cow® provided me with product for this review for free. However, the opinions and photos are exclusively mine) What was inside was a recipe and the ingredients to make a really delicious, easy, and comforting macaroni and cheese dish. Having used Laughing Cow Cheese in my lighter cooking quest in the past many times, and in fact, a package of Light Laughing Cow Cheese is almost ALWAYS in my fridge, I was really excited to try the recipe!
I only needed to tweak the original recipe a bit, by replacing the 1% milk with skim milk (because that is what I buy), reducing the butter to 1 TBS and by adding a few dashes of garlic powder. I reworked the nutrition information to reflect my changes, and it worked out to 7 points+ for 1 cup or 1/4 of the prepared recipe. (* Please note that the original nutrition information on the recipe card does not reflect the fiber in the pasta, which for this particular pasta, is 5g per serving. Make sure the whole wheat pasta you use has 5g fiber per serving to keep the nutritional information I provide accurate.)
I have to tell you, even with the few changes I made...this dish is a keeper. The sauce is rich and creamy and cheesy. My boys, including my husband, gave this mac n' cheese two thumbs up on taste. The preparation could not be easier either! Which is always a bonus!
So thank you to Laughing Cow for this great recipe!!! Be sure to check out their website HERE for other great recipes and ideas using Laughing Cow Cheese. I am already trying to figure out the next time I can fit this into my weekly menus!
Light Laughing Cow® Mac n' Cheese
adapted from The The Laughing Cow®
Servings - 4 Serving Size - approx. 1 cup (1/4th of recipe) Points Plus per Serving - 7 Points+
Calories - 299.1, Total Fat - 6.5g, Carb. - 44.6g, Protein - 14.7g, Fiber - 5g
8 oz. uncooked whole wheat rotini noodles ( I used 365 whole wheat fusilli )
3 wedges of The Laughing Cow® Light Creamy Swiss Cheese
3/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup skim milk
1 TBS. unsalted butter
salt and pepper, to taste
dash garlic powder ( optional )
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain excess water, but not until completely dry. Unwrap The Laughing Cow® Light Cheese Wedges, and add to pan you cooked pasta in along with reduced fat cheddar cheese, milk, and butter and garlic powder, if using. Add back in pasta and stir until the cheeses are all melted into a thickened cheesy sauce. ( I actually let the mixture start to melt in the pan before I added back in the pasta...and used the heat of the stove to help) Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
As I have said, we really enjoyed this dish. I do love Laughing Cow® cheese. I can only imagine how creative you could get with subbing some of their awesome flavors, like mozzarella and sundried tomatoes or garlic and herbs, for the creamy swiss!
This recipe is great as a meatless main dish, or as a side dish ( decrease the serving size to 1/2 cup). You could easily add some veggies and some grilled chicken for a great lower cal pasta dish too!
Quick, Easy, Delicious!