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


This was a GREAT basic recipe! However, I did some tweaking. The nutmeg seemed like an odd choice with cheddar, so I used the spices from my favorite unhealthy mac and cheese recipe: 1 tsp dry mustard, 1/8 tsp white pepper, 1/4 tsp salt. Cheese is pretty salty, so I didn't increase the salt at all. Also, I hate frozen spinach, so I sauteed some fresh in a pan with 1 tsp minced garlic and a little olive oil. I will either double the spinach next time or just serve it on the side, since there wasn't nearly enough of it. I also made this with Northwoods Lifetime Sharp Cheddar. Fat free, melts like a dream, and is only 40 calories a serving. I wasn't at all certain about cooking the elbows for a mere 4 minutes (I don't like hard pasta!), but it worked perfectly! The cheese sauce boils the pasta in the dish while it bakes, and the texture is superb! With the cooking tip for the pasta, I'd say this is even BETTER than my favorite high-fat recipe!

tastes like high calorie mac and cheese

O. M. G. Best mac and cheese ever. I omitted the spinach, and I used half shredded mozzarella and half shredded cheddar since that's all I had. I added a few good shakes of garlic powder and some Mrs. Dash. I also used panko bread crumbs and whole wheat rotini. Seriously, it was DELICIOUS. My picky fiance and pickier 14-year-old brother both raved over it. Next time I think I'll double the recipe cause it was gobbled up fast! I also would like to try it with a broccoli layer.

Creamy, cheesy
Has potential

This was kind of bland (and I tweaked a bit based on other reviewers). But I think the concept is there, and has great potential to be amazing! I also only had fresh spinach, so I wilted in a pan.
After discussing with my boyfriend, we decided next time that I will:
Try using a blend of different cheeses (ie Italian blend)
adding a can of diced tomatoes (cook with spinach)
adding some additional spices (garlic salt etc.)

Make sure you salt and add spices!!
This will be a dish I'll make again and will play around with to get just right!

Love it! But more cheese.

When I met my boyfriend, he was eating boxed mac and cheese almost every day. So I made this as a tribute to his previous bachelor-style eating habits. He loved it! I let him choose what veg to put in, so we used peas instead of spinach. We'll be making this again, but more cheese next time, and we might even add some ground venison.

easy, cheap, delicious
This was delicious!!

This dish was delicious!! My whole family loved it. I fixed it as a main dish for us and the meat eaters in the house didn't even mind that there was no meat with dinner. We are a family of 5 and this made plenty for us. Sadly, there are no leftovers though. Great dish and one that I will be making regularly.


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