No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese

60 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine April/May 2006

Not only is this ultra-creamy version of mac-and-cheese nearly as fast as the boxed variety, but your family will be able to pronounce every ingredient. If they aren't broccoli fans, substitute a frozen vegetable of your choice.

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles (2 cups)
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta for 4 minutes. Add frozen broccoli and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the pasta and broccoli are just tender, 4 to 5 minutes more.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 cups milk in another large pot over medium-high heat until just simmering. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl until combined. Add the flour mixture to the simmering milk; return to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in Cheddar, Parmesan and mustard until the cheese is melted.
  3. Drain the pasta and broccoli and add to the cheese sauce. Return to the heat and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat, until heated through, about 1 minute.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 1/4 cups
  • Per serving: 412 calories; 13 g fat(7 g sat); 7 g fiber; 56 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 56 mcg folate; 37 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1245 IU vitamin A; 40 mg vitamin C; 414 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 640 mg sodium; 236 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (68% daily value), Calcium (41% dv), Vitamin A (25% dv), Magnesium (16% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3 1/2
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 reduced-fat milk, 1 high-fat meat

Reviews 60

August 09, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Almost there Replace Dijon Mustard with Smoked Paprika and be amazed. Pros: Everything but mustard Cons: The mustard
April 03, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
We loved it, we added mushrooms to it and it turned out great! Pros: Easy Cons: NULL
March 24, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
I subbed light coconut milk for the cow's milk, used almond cheddar and pepper jack cheese, rice rotini noodles. i made the cheese sauce base like i would have a normal mac-n-cheese recipe but used coconut oil for frying the fresh garlic and onion i minced. added the coconut milk then the cheese and seasonings. poured it over the pasta and fresh broccoli. pretty fantastic! Pros: great starter recipe Cons: NULL
November 26, 2012
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By: mrscrazyed
Quick and healthy This is a good-tasting, quick and healthy recipe for macaroni and cheese that actually has that cheesy taste we crave in mac & cheese. It's incredibly simple to prepare and is just down-good comfort food. I did modify it somewhat, using fresh broccoli that I blanched and fresh garlic that I added to the sauce. I would not serve my version to company because of the lack of fat: I used nonfat milk and lowfat cheddar. Pros: Have most ingredients on hand, great for last minute meal Cons: Not for company
September 29, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Kids loved it I used fresh garlic, pressed, in the sauce. Worked very well. Also used fresh broccoli. Added some extra cheese to sauce as well. Anyway, both the kids and I really liked this. I thought it would be too strong a flavor as I like garlic and mustard flavours an made it to suit me. But we all loved it. Pros: NULL Cons: NULL
September 23, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Modify with plenty of spice This recipe needed extra cheese plus Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, cumin, and, finally, tiger sauce added after seving to overcome the flavor neutralizing cream sauce. A lot of extra work to cook, adjust, retaste, etc. Recommend fresh steamed broccoli for its texture and flavor, plus more spices to add depth and to boost the cheese flavor. Pros: Easy to cook, inexpensive, nutritious Cons: Bland; frozen broccoli turns mushy
July 19, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Great Mac & Cheese! My family loved it :) So yummy! I will be making this again. Pros: Easy to make, tasty, easy to substitute ingredients, healthy, ingredients were easy to come by Cons: NULL
June 11, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Quick and easy. I used Trader Joe's Unexpected Cheddar (described as tasting like a premium aged cheddar with hints of parmesan) and it came out great. Pros: Easy, tastes great Cons: NULL
April 30, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
quick and tasty I didn't have dijon mustard, so I used spicy brown instead. It was almost there with flavor, but I added some Adobo to it--and it turned out just great :) Pros: quick, easy to make Cons: could use a bit more flavor