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Healthier Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Healthier Homemade Mac and Cheese

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"To make this rich mac and cheese recipe healthier we use whole wheat bread crumbs, low-fat milk and cheese, whole wheat noodles, and reduced the amount of butter. Serve with a salad for a healthy meatless dinner."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins
  • READY IN

    50 mins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour to make a roux. Slowly add milk to roux, stirring constantly. Stir in Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and sauce is thick, about 3 minutes. Place macaroni in large baking dish and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and stir until butter is absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread over macaroni to cover. Sprinkle with paprika.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until cheese sauce is hot and breadcrumbs are browned, about 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 19, 2012

I oversaw my oldest boy making this dish--I didn't give him much advice, other than explain how to make a roux properly because the directions did not explain to brown it before adding the milk and to gradually add the cheese so the sauce does not seize up. He used sharp white cheddar cheese and added a couple shakes Frank's Hot Sauce and four quartered all beef hot dogs, as he wanted to make it a little more personal. The kids and I loved this macaroni and cheese recipe and my son was quite tickled that he was able to make it on his own.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 30, 2012

This was pretty good, but I think for the calories/fat content you might as well use regular cheese. I find it makes a big difference with the taste and regular cheese melts more easily. A few other things I found: -definitely make sure to add cheese very gradually into the milk (esp. with low fat cheese) -don't worry if the cheese sauce comes out runny (it thickens up in the oven) -some chili powder works well in the sauce -I'm betting a little sauteed onion would add some great flavor

 
Aug 04, 2012

I used fat free milk (2 cups instead of 3 for 4 servings) and skipped the breadcrumbs, and it turned out quite delicious. I added some more paprika, black pepper and tiny bit of chili powder for an extra kick.

 
Oct 19, 2012

This recipe is bland. I added a lot of extra parm cheese which helped. Also, the recipe says it makes four servings but it actually makes at least 12.

 
Sep 05, 2012

Turned out a little dry.

 
Jul 23, 2012

Top-notch!

 
Jun 21, 2014

this got my 14 year old's stamp of approval. I added frozen veg (carrots, peas, & green beans) to the pasta water at the last min. Simple to cook, plenty of leftovers and my family likes it.

 
Jul 15, 2014

Bland and a bit tasteless. My suggestion is to add sea salt while eating and it turns out perfect. Make sure to drain the macaroni fully before cooking, otherwise it gets a little watery. But, I managed to pull it off with several mistakes, so great overall and yummy with a few adjustments :)

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 770 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 106.6 g
  • 34%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 22.4 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 10.6 g
  • 43%
  • Protein
  • 42.5 g
  • 85%
  • Sodium
  • 750 mg
  • 30%

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

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