Healthier Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Healthier Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

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"We kept the cottage cheese and sour cream that make this macaroni and cheese recipe unique, but used lower-fat versions of each. The healthier version also uses whole grain macaroni and whole wheat breadcrumbs."
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55 m servings 380 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 380 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 9.9 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 45.9g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 28.5 g
  • 57%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 781 mg
  • 31%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. Stir together macaroni, shredded Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Mix together bread crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl; sprinkle topping over macaroni mixture.
  4. Bake until top is golden in the preheated oven, 30 to 35 minutes.



  1. 18 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This totally satisfied our craving for mac and cheese! I sprinkled in a few drops of liquid smoke and shook in some powdered mustard, omitted the butter and used less crumbs. Next time I'll tos...

Most helpful critical review

Made this recipe today... I tripled the ingredients (to freeze for future meals) and it filled a 9 x 13 dish with enough left over for one small loaf pan... I can't see it (as is) filling a 9 x ...

This totally satisfied our craving for mac and cheese! I sprinkled in a few drops of liquid smoke and shook in some powdered mustard, omitted the butter and used less crumbs. Next time I'll tos...

My husband and I enjoyed this mac & cheese version. I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I would suggest to use 1/2 cup of bread crumbs it seemed to be too much topping. We plan on makin...

My husband and 5 yr old loved this. I used 12 oz of Ronzoni Smart Taste elbow pasta and regular Daisy sour cream. I also only used 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and sprayed the top with Pam Butter spr...

I was a bit skeptical when I saw the ingredients, but I wanted a healthier version of a family favorite. Not only is this recipe a healthier version of traditional mac and cheese, it's delicious...

All 4 of us liked this!!! This includes 2 teenage girls and my husband. All of us liking something doesn't happen often, so thanks for submitting it. Generally, anything called "Healthier" do...

I have now made this 3 times with many comments - all positive. I even gave some to a friend but didn't tell him what was in it because he doesn't like cottage cheese or sour cream. He loved the...

This recipe was delicious! I made a few changes. I doubled the macaroni. I took the advice from the other reviewers and blended the cottage cheese in a blender. I added 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspo...

Tastes pretty good, doesn't look so good. Will put the cottage cheese and Greek yogurt (I substituted for sour cream) in the blender first.

I love mac and cheese but I don't make it very often because it's so high in fat and cholesterol. Both my husband and I really enjoy this recipe and I've made it several times now, always great...