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

66 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese

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

Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 2 years 3 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.

Comments (2)


Anonymous wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

definitely not healthier. The

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

Anonymous wrote 2 years 41 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
Really Good

This was a great recipe, but the next time I make it I will adjust it slightly. The kids (and even me and my husband) didn't care too much for the spinach and the nutmeg made it a bit too sweet for our liking. I think by using brocolli next time and less (if any) nutmeg will make this a 'perfect' recipe in our books!

Easy to make, tastes good

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