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


My husband LOVES food, so I was a little leery of this 'healthified' dish. My husband said he'd try it. I baked it one night and he LOVED it! He asks me to make it constantly! My 18 month old son who is the pickiest eater on the planet, loved it, too!! Finally a meal the whole family can eat!
PS I don't use the spinach because the first time I made it, I didn't have spinach, but my husband still raved about it so I've continued to make it without. I also didn't have nutmeg, so I left that out, too.

Yummy, great alternative to this southern dish
Smooth, creamy

I made this for dinner and would definitely recommend it! The only thing I would change is using fresh spinach instead of frozen.
Great use of cottage cheese.

easy to make, delicious

22grams of fat is not a low fat recipe

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

You can lighten this up

You can lighten this up significantly using low fat cheese instead of sharp Cheddar. Kraft 2% low fat cheddar is 80 calories per ounce vs. 113 (approx) for full fat cheddar cheese. An ounce is about a quarter cup of cheese, so when you figure there are 2 cups of cheese in here, and you can save 33 calories per quarter cup, that's significant (savings of 264 calories in the whole recipe). If you liven up the spices, you don't need a fabulous quality Cheddar to make this recipe taste good. Garlic powder and dry mustard does it for me, and a TON of paprika. It's not chili powder--go ahead and give the top of the bread crumbs a heavy sprinkle! Lots of paprika = GOOD. Also use skim milk--you won't notice. I also add zero salt. There's plenty of salt in everything else.


I looked up this recipe to see if I wanted to make it, but I think I'll pass. 22 grams of fat and 11 of them saturated? I don't think so. I can buy the Kraft whole grain mac and cheese, use a can of tuna in place of the milk and butter, and have way less fat calories.

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Anonymous wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

definitely not healthier. The

definitely not healthier. The boxed stuff is full of chemicals instead of healthy ingredients.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

processed Kraft mac and

processed Kraft mac and cheese may be lower in fat but not healthier


While I have yet to make this, I do not see the "healthy" in it. I am not a supporter of processed foods, by any means, but there is less fat and calories in a serving of Kraft Mac and Cheese. So, beside added fiber and veggies, how is this healthier?

Not processed, easy to make

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