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

64 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese

Hit with my picky husband

This was a great hit with my otherwise picky husband. I used fresh spinach instead of frozen since that is what I had on hand and colby cheese instead of cheddar. It made the final product a little bit more runny than expected but husband said it was great. I also used extra cheese on the top instead of bread crumbs and it turned out amazing.

Great taste, fairly easy to make
Delicious and easy!

This is a super-easy mac and cheese recipe that the whole family will love! Tasty, light and healthy. What more could you want in your baked mac & cheese?

Tasty, light, healthy
great low-fat M&C alternative

Found this to be a wonderfully cheesy dish. I used peas instead of spinach--a throwback to my childhood--and it worked great. Also added salt and pepper, which it seemed to need based on prior reviews and thinking about the recipe.


This recipe was great! I used whole wheat shells instead of elbow/penne. Another change I made was to use 3/4 cup cottage cheese and 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese. It gave it a great richness and creaminess, and wasn't overwhelming in terms of flavor. Finally, I baked some sliced tomatoes into the top, and sprinkled the bread crumbs on/around them.

The spinach seemed a bit overkill. Next time I will use half and add some broccoli. I used the nutmeg and did not mind it. I may add more paprika next time to give it a bit more of a kick!

easy, crowd-pleaser, leftovers
very good...left out some stuff

This was very good. I was very pleased with the result. I left out the bread crumbs because I felt they were unnecessary. I also used fat free cottage cheese and 1 3/4 cup extra sharp cheddar and 1/4 monterey jack. 10 oz. of frozen spinach did the trick 16 oz. probably would have been too much. I did use the nutmeg (most people didn't) and could not tell that it was in time i think i will take out a little of the spinach and add some brocolli.. just to see what its like


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