We gave homey mac and cheese a summery refresh. The saucepan sauce is made without a flour thickener, so it's lighter-tasting than baked versions. And adding veggies and chicken makes it a well-rounded meal.

Source: Midwest Living


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven, cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, remove the meat from the chicken; discard skin and bones. Coarsely shred the chicken; set aside.

  • For topping: In a medium skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add panko. Cook and stir until panko is lightly toasted. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  • Add half-and-half to the same Dutch oven used to cook the macaroni. Bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Gradually add cheddar, American and fontina cheeses, stirring constantly. Stir in black pepper. Continue to cook and stir until cheese is completely melted and smooth.

  • Add drained macaroni to the cheese sauce. Stir until well combined. Stir in chicken and tomatoes. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Remove from the heat. Stir in spinach and oregano. Serve immediately, topped with toasted panko mixture.

Nutrition Facts

540 calories; total fat 31g; saturated fat 17g; polyunsaturated fat 2g; monounsaturated fat 9g; cholesterol 160mg; sodium 828mg; potassium 521mg; carbohydrates 29g; fiber 1g; sugar 2g; protein 37g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 1803IU; vitamin c 7mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 6mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 39mcg; vitamin b12 1mcg; calcium 490mg; iron 2mg.