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Salsa Mac with Colby Jack

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Go beyond basic mac and cheese by adding tomato, bell pepper, onion, and Colby Jack cheese.


Source of recipe: Elizabeth Ward, M.S., R.D. and mother of three


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 8 ounces low-fat Colby Jack cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, dice tomato, green bell pepper and onion.
  • Drain cooked macaroni and add with tomato and green bell pepper. Reserve.
  • In a medium saucepan, saute diced onion in butter until translucent. Stir in flour and black pepper. Add milk.
  • Cook until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add macaroni/vegetable mixture to cheese sauce and coat evenly.
  • Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
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