Blush Mac n’ Cheese with Tomatoes


One benefit of doing a cleanse is that it makes you appreciate the food you used to eat without reservation. After doing the Ultimate Beach Body Detox cleanse, I really thought about what food or dish I wanted to have once the cleanse was over. After careful consideration, I knew I wanted some kind of cheesy pasta, but I didn’t want to go overboard with the cheese. So, I turned to Cooking Light and found this blush mac ‘n cheese with tomatoes dish.

The pasta was extremely rich and creamy, considering the roux only contained 1 tablespoon of flour as thickener. And, who knew you could get so much flavor from just a bit of shallots, garlic, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, and only 4 ounces of reduced-fat cheddar? I went a step further in the health department by using organic soy milk instead of 1% milk. I couldn’t even tell a difference. This came together so easily and satisfied my three-week long craving for cheesy pasta. And, the best part is that I didn’t have to undo any benefits I received from the cleanse to enjoy it!

This recipe can be found in the April 2013 issue of Cooking Light or here.


62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. apuginthekitchen
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 20:26:43

    I love mac and cheese and tomato, I often slice tomatoes on top and bake. Yours is pretty much guilt free and I love that!

  2. Geraldine Saucier
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 20:30:15

    This mac and cheese looks delicious. I love the fact it doesn’t have a lot of calories and isn’t real heavy on the sauce. Thanks for sharing:)

  3. Sara
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 20:43:25

    Oooh, I saw that recipe and wondered how it would be. I might have to go back and try it out myself!

  4. I Wilkerson
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 20:49:18

    I toss cherry tomatoes in with pasta (with olive oil, some anchovy paste, garlic, onions, Parmesan and a hint of red pepper) when the CSA cherry tomatoes start to overwhelm me. Yours looks great–I may need to try something with a roux this summer!

  5. moderngirlnutrition
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 21:39:23

    Mmmm I love adding cherry tomatoes to pasta. Such a good burst of flavor (and veggies!)

  6. rebeccasubbiah
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 22:07:12

    yum this is what I call mac and cheese

  7. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 23:05:40

    Oh my goodness! This looks amazing! Mac ‘n cheese is my weakness and I love finding new ways to make it

  8. Melolimparfaite
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 23:30:09

    uh it definately looks good !

  9. Hotly Spiced
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 23:41:29

    I think I would go for a pasta dish too xx

  10. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 03:14:31

    Ok, YUM. I need this NOW!

  11. Cakelaw
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 04:11:41

    This is such a gorgeous, colourful pasta dish – beats Kraft mac n cheese hands down.

  12. Katerina
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 04:24:40

    Beautiful pasta and so much healthier than the usual loaded with calories one!

    Apr 09, 2013 @ 05:31:16

    Lovely, creamy, delicious… I really love it!!!

  14. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 05:44:46

    Your making me crave pasta and I love the addition of fresh spinach and tomatoes.

    Apr 09, 2013 @ 05:58:30

    Perfect comfort food!! Iโ€™m craving this dish right now!

  16. Karen
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 06:11:16

    I think you made a terrific decision choosing this recipe…it certainly looks good.

  17. markd60
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 08:14:57

    I used to eat so much macaroni and cheese that I quit liking it. It reminds me of the days when I was working two jobs, living on mac and cheese and five for a dollar ramen noodles, getting out of debt.

  18. Amelia
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 10:35:25

    Hi, your comfort food look awesome and I love this.

    Have a nice week ahead.

  19. Alison
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 10:54:57

    This looks so delicious and pretty and healthy. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Ronda
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 11:54:17

    That looks quite tasty!

  21. Juliana
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 12:43:17

    I love the look of this mac and cheese…much colorful and healthier…great twist.
    Enjoy your week ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 14:12:13

    The tomatoes really make the dish- almost too pretty to eat! The reduced cheese sounds like a good alternative too.

  23. Marta @ Co dziล› zjem na ล›niadanie
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 14:27:49

    3 weeks of cleanse, congratulations! This creamy pasta had to be a good reward ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 19:15:39

    oh I love all the vibrant colors in this! looks like a great meal!

  25. Kambrook (@KambrookAU)
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 19:27:06

    What a great meal… love the addition of tomatoes:) Yum.

  26. tracy
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 19:27:13

    This looks so delicious. I love mac and cheese.

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  27. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 20:14:04

    Whoa, this looks a lot creamier than the full fat and ultra cheesy mac and cheese I shared recently. And I love that there’s some yummy spinach in it, too.

  28. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 20:22:46

    I love veggies in mac and cheese. They cancel out all the bad stuff!

  29. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 21:22:11

    That is amazing that it is so rich while you only used 1 tbsp of flour!

  30. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 21:28:05

    Good for you! I think the hardest part after a cleanse is staying on track and eating healthy.. but enjoying yourself. You’ve managed that splendidly here! xx

  31. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 23:09:40

    what a fun and creative take on a classic. I must give this a try soon. Love the tomatoes in it

  32. Reem
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 23:33:54

    There is something in the name of this recipe that made me smile. …
    This looks fabulous now that you mentioned cooking light I need to take our my cooking light cookbook too.
    This looks just fabulous.

  33. Three Well Beings
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 00:45:29

    Great choice! This looks really warm and nurturing! Delicious!

  34. Raymund
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 01:22:54

    I love the touch of tomatoes here. Nice recipe

  35. Scrambled Megs
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 02:11:56

    this looks like great comfort food. yummo!

  36. kitchen flavours
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 06:39:50

    Looks so delicious! Yum! Yum!

  37. Gloria - My Pretty Paris
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 08:49:25

    I would de for a mac & cheese now!! I just love it!

  38. Daniela
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 09:45:44

    Everything looks so tasty and the colors are gorgeous!
    What a wonderful comfort food ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Sara
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 10:02:37

    This looks soooo good…that sauce looks great, and I love adding some veggies to mac and cheese!

  40. Jenn and Seth
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 12:29:54

    I saw that recipe, I’ll definitely have to try it now! looks so good!

  41. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 15:14:48

    Your mac and cheese look so creamy and delicious. Look excellent! I love that you added green and tomatoes. I want to feed my kids extra veggies with mac and cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. andi winslow
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 15:30:30

    I love pasta and especially Mac and cheese, this sounds so good and the ingredient list looks nice also. Not so fatty….. Nice post Andi thewednesdaybaker

  43. Norma Chang
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 17:47:54

    This looks absolutely delicious and healthy. Now I can indulge in mac and cheese without feeling guilty.

  44. Monet
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 17:51:24

    How did you know I just bought a huge carton of those little tomatoes? This looks perfect!

  45. Natalie
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 20:45:01

    Yummy version of mac and cheese, looks great!

  46. MiraDevils (@MiraDevils)
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 03:43:17

    This looks super yummy ๐Ÿ™‚



  47. vinoinlove
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 09:49:27

    This mac and cheese looks delicious!

  48. Elaine
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 10:57:43

    This looks so delicious.

  49. Beth
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 11:52:18

    Sounds like a healthy alternative to comfort food!

  50. tastytreats13
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 12:07:55

    Wow! This looks great.

  51. eatgreatbegreat
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 14:49:18

    Mmmmmm…love this!

  52. cecilia
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 20:08:29

    Oh I LONG for those little tomatoes! roll on summer!

  53. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 02:27:38

    I didn’t realize it was a beach body cleanse you were doing. How cool is that? If I could have a beach body I’d cleanse all the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Since I probably can’t, I’ll eat your mac and cheese. LOL

  54. Alex
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 04:20:14

    Never did it with tomato. Must try it in the Summer – this Spring looks too much like Winter to me. Have a great weekend!

  55. Baking is my Zen
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 21:28:15

    Pasta and veggies are so good. This looks great.


  56. The Sketched Chef
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 06:09:10

    That looks really lovely !!

  57. bakerbynature
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 19:59:24

    Oh my gosh, my pasta loving heart just skipped at beat looking at this mac and cheese!

  58. Lilly Sue
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 22:02:06

    It looks so bright and beautiful! I am addicted to Mac n’ cheese…my list keeps growing of things I want to consume when I am done with my cleanse! Yum!

  59. alanna
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 13:15:45

    looks delicious… now I’m craving mac n cheese.

  60. Tammy
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 23:56:33

    Gorgeous meal! So warming and wholesome.

  61. All You Do Is Eat
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 19:24:46

    Mmm yum this looks so delicious!

  62. Terry C. Carey
    May 07, 2013 @ 13:51:41

    Warm, gooey, and satisfying, this baked pasta dish takes comfort food to the next level.

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