Creamy, cheesy, intoxicatingly delicious Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese is guaranteed to be a family favorite and YOUR favorite with less than 10 minute prep AND its lightened up!
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Lightened Up Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy, cheesy, intoxicatingly delicious Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese is guaranteed to be a family favorite and YOUR favorite with less than 10 minute prep AND its lightened up!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 554kcal
Author Jennifer Sattley

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cellentani pasta (or other short pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 14.75 ounces canned sweet creamed corn
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese softened and cubed
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup Frank's WING Sauce (not the original hot sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Cook pasta in boiling water that's been salted generously until al dente (don't overcook). Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Saute onions for 5 minutes or until softened and slightly golden. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds.
  • Turn heat down to medium and stir in creamed corn, cream cheese, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup buffalo sauce (increase to 1/3 cup for more heat), and spices. Stir until cream cheese is melted.
  • Add in cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese and stir until melted. Add pasta and stir until evenly coated.
  • Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and add pasta. Sprinkle evenly with panko and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Turn oven to broil and cook until Panko is golden brown. (Keep an eye on it!) Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 1.8mg