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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.



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Baked Mac & Cheese Recipe

64 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese

03/17/2013
Anonymous
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
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01/24/2013
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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01/11/2013
Anonymous
Bland

I would have thought with that much cheese that it would have tasted cheesy, but there was no real flavor to this dish. I appreciate the fact that it is healthy, but will not make it again.

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12/12/2012
Anonymous
Adjust to taste/delicious:)

I made this, and, like most would, with a few mods based on what I had on hand. I had made a portobello lasagna, so I used the same mixture, with a little lemon and herb, but with ricotta, to use it up, and half jack cheese since I had shredded it yesterday. I also added sundried tomato pesto to the noodles for a twist. It turned out fabulous! Thank you very much! This will be made again:D

Easy/Comfort
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12/05/2012
Anonymous
Made Changes, But Good Overall! Will Make Again!

I made a few exchanges (1TB cornstarch for one of the tablespoon's flour; topped with more cheese vs. breadcrumbs, added fresh vs. frozen spinach, added soy meat crumbles for more protein, used soy milk vs. regular milk (that's all I had available), and added garlic powder and more salt for more flavor). GREAT base for this recipe, I will keep this one to make again!!

Fairly easy, common ingredients, easy substitutions
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