Baked Mac & Cheese

Winter 2004, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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Mac & cheese can be a true comfort on a gloomy day, and our healthy update takes advantage of extra-sharp Cheddar balanced with creamy low-fat cottage cheese and tucks a layer of spinach into the middle, which may help picky eaters down their vegetables. Whole-wheat pasta adds robust flavor and extra fiber.

"Wow, gotta say in 14 yrs of marriage, this is the first time my husband [mac & cheese afficionado] liked homemade however, unlike my usual creedo, I did tweak a bit. I pretty much used this recipe as a basic & made only slight...
Baked Mac & Cheese

67 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese


This was so yummy. It was pretty quick and easy to make too. I followed the recipe exactly, but also threw in some diced onions I had on hand into the sauce. The onion definitely added some good flavor to it and I suggest adding if you like onions.


I thought this recipe was pretty good. I've made it twice now, once with the layer of spinach and another time with chopped fresh broccoli. I think I prefer the broccoli. I also added more breadcrumb topping because that it one of my favorite components of homemade mac and cheese. Overall it was pretty decent, but I agree that it was a little on the bland side. I will probably try the onion idea of the other reviewer. It was decent enough though that I will make it again even though my husband did not care much for it.

secret ingredient for mac and cheese!

I've got mine in the oven baking right now so I haven't actually tried it yet. I did of course taste the sauce and I like what i'm tasting so far.
I just wanted to throw in a tip to all of you that say that it tastes bland. I usually make another much more fattening mac and cheese (trying this recipe to eat lighter these days) and my secret ingredient that adds so much flavor is nothing more than half of an onion very finely chopped and sauteed in olive oil. If you chop it very finely no one will no it has onion in it unless you tell them. You really can't believe the amount of flavor that it adds to the dish.
Every time I make mac and cheese people want to know what I put in it and when I say onion everyones reaction is a very shocked "really???".
Just a little tip for those of you wanting to add a bit more flavor to this dish.

Baked Mac & cheese

I make this recipe last night and it turned out awesome. I put in colby-jack cheese (low fat) instead. You can microwave the pasta in a large bowl with water to save some time. You can also mix the spinach in the pasta mixture.

Tastes great
Satisfied my comfort food craving

I made this Mac & Cheese last night to satisfy a winter comfort food craving. I read the reviews ahead of time. For those that found it bland, perhaps you didn't use good sharp cheddar cheese? I used good quality 5 year old cheddar and I thought the taste was great. Next time I'd like to try adding Gruyere cheese for more depth of flavour. I doubled the bread crumb crust because it didn't seem to cover the dish enough otherwise. I also used a fresh bag of spinach instead of frozen. I added a touch of salt while eating. So, for those that found it bland, try good 5 year cheddar, add gruyere maybe and a touch more salt... some suggested garlic salt... I'd like to try that too. Lots of comments mention the fat content as well... Well, it's definitely an improvement on the traditional recipe. Using low fat cottage cheese worked really nicely. And low fat milk instead of cream - seemed to work just fine. I will make this again!

Delicious and easy

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