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Two-Cheese Ziti

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

5 servings

“My grandkids really like this rich, buttery macaroni and cheese," says Flo Burtnett of Gage, Oklahoma. "And adults go for the home-style breadcrumb topping and creamy, comforting flavor. It doesn't taste light at all!”
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-3/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • TOPPING:
  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook ziti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheeses until melted.
  2. Drain ziti; add to sauce and stir to coat. Transfer to a shallow 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and butter; stir in cheeses. Sprinkle over ziti. Bake, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until heated through and topping is lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 340 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 590mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.

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