Revamping an old favourite

I’m not one for switching up my food choices. I have a standard set of recipes and meals I choose from on a regular basis. I occasionally will step away from the norm and make something new, but generally I’m focused on ease, nutrition and time when cooking.

I had already decided to make pasta for dinner. I’ve started using the Catelli Smart pasta, which is very healthy AND very tasty. I was going to just toss in some olive oil, garlic and some veggies, but all of a sudden on the drive home I thought “Mac and Cheese!” . But regular Mac and Cheese a la mom, doesn’t contain anything other than pasta, a cream sauce and cheese on top. I’ve rejected mom’s attempts in the past to spice up her signature mac and cheese by adding crumbs on top, let alone adding veggies to the mix. But I’m not 8 anymore, and I felt it was time to take a step towards being a grown up.

I cooked the pasta (rotini), made the cream sauce (2 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp flour, salt and pepper and a bit of cheese), sauteed half a red pepper and chopped up some grape tomatoes. I tossed it all together, put it in a casserole and topped it with a medium cheddar. And the result was fabulous! Super tasty, just like always and healthier too!

Best part: Leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

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