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Healthier Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

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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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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Directions

  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.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 45 mins
  • READY IN 55 mins

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 17, 2012

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 toss the cheese mix into the food processor for a more uniform look (no need to see chunks of cottage cheese in the final product) ~Thanks Chuck, this one's a keeper!!!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 15, 2013

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 13... unless I did something wrong...? The flavour is good... but I do not like seeing the cottage cheese "chunks"... I should have processed them first... due to those two concerns, I give this a 3 star....

 
Aug 10, 2012

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 making this again.

 
Jan 16, 2013

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 spray to omit the butter. I used the recipe builder on myfitnesspal.com and it was 485 calories/serving for 6 servings. Served with a side salad and it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

 
Jun 24, 2013

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! The second time I tried it I omitted the topping, reducing the calories and fat/cholesterol content even further. It wasn't missed. I also added a little bit of skim milk to make the sauce even creamier.

 
Dec 30, 2012

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 mac&cheese, then I told him the contents. He would like more!! I made exactly as directed.

 
Mar 12, 2013

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" doesn't go over well. BUT I have been trying to get away from red meat and striving for meatless and tried this. Used regular pasta and breadcrumbs, no wheat variations. Regular cheddar cheese, no lowfat available. Definitely worth a try, if you're on the fence. Will be making this regularly.

 
Feb 16, 2014

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 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire. I reduced the bread crumbs to 1/2 cup and used Panko bread crumbs, and added only 1 Tablespoon of butter to them. Baked for 35 minutes in an 8 by 11 pan. And since I doubled the macaroni there's about half the fat per serving! Thanks for sharing!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 380 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.9 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 9.9 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 4.5 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 28.5 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 781 mg
  • 31%

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

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