Bobby Deen's

MAC & CHEESE

'Growing up in the South, mac and cheese was a must,' says the Cooking Channel star (and Paula Deen's son), who shares a healthier twist on the classic

GUILTLESS CHEESY MAC

Makes 8 servings

2 cups uncooked multigrain elbow macaroni

¾ cup (3 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

¾ cup (3 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese

½ cup skim milk

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 (16-oz.) bag frozen petite peas, thawed

1 cup finely chopped cauliflower

¼ cup soft whole-wheat bread crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Prepare macaroni in a large Dutch oven according to package directions. Drain well; return to Dutch oven, cover and keep warm.

3. Combine cheeses and next 8 ingredients in a bowl. Stir mixture into warm macaroni; spoon into a 1¼-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle crumbs on top. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Deen's show Not My Mama's Meals airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Cooking Channel.

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