Food & Drink

Mac ’n’ cheese that grown-ups will like, too

Add shrimp to your mac ’n’ cheese for an updated version of one of America’s favorite meals. It takes this flavor memory from a childhood treat to a welcome plate for the whole family.

A bubbly, cheesy, from-scratch skillet can take too long to make on a busy weeknight. Instead, use frozen chopped onions and green pepper along with cooked shrimp to get this meal on the table in 20 minutes.

Reduced-fat cheddar cheese and nonfat ricotta give the dish the cheesy flavor it demands while lowering its fat content.

I like to keep frozen chopped onion and green pepper on hand to add to many sauces and dishes. Because they’re frozen at the peak of freshness, these veggies cut preparation time without skimping on quality.

Helpful hints

• Any type of short-cut pasta can be used.

• Fresh diced onion and green pepper from the produce section can be used instead of frozen.

• If you like a crusty bottom to the pie, cook it in the skillet a little longer.


• Boil water for pasta.

• Make pie.

• Assemble side salad.

To drink

Wine suggestion: This is a big, fat dish that needs a big, fat wine. Try an oaky California chardonnay.

Miami Herald