Healthier Macaroni and Cheese Recipe -
Healthier Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Healthier Macaroni and Cheese

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in hot margarine until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir flour, mustard, and pepper into onions and cook for 30 seconds. Gradually pour in milk, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir grated Cheddar cheese into the sauce until cheese is completely melted.
  5. Mix macaroni, cottage cheese, and Cheddar cheese sauce together in a bowl; pour into prepared casserole dish and top with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, 20 minutes.
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May 18, 2015

I had a difficult time rating this recipe because I did not like it, but, my husband thought it was ok, so, I am going with his rating. For starters, I will say I made this recipe exactly as is with the exception of using 1 cup of regular cheddar, 1 cup of reduced fat cheddar, & topped with a sprinkling of cheddar instead of parmesan. I made the rest of the recipe as is. I believe the phrase "You eat with your eyes first" is accurate because if it doesn't look good - you won't want to eat it. That is the first problem I had with this recipe. You can't tell from the photo I posted, but, the pasta is brown and there were clumps of white cottage cheese that did not melt, so, it almost had a grey tint to the sauce. I like whole wheat pasta in pasta salad, but, I was not crazy about the taste or texture in this sauce. The sauce did not have a lot of flavor to us and needed some additional seasoning or additional cheese, but, that would have negated the "healthier" aspect. I wanted to like this recipe, but, I don't plan on making it again. I think I will save my macaroni and cheese as a periodic indulgence and stick with the real thing.


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  • Calories
  • 533 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 61.2 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 17.3 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 5.4 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 35.7 g
  • 71%
  • Sodium
  • 841 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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