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 Recipe

64 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese


If you don't want to put a vegetable into the dish, add 1/4 cup of chicken broth or 1/4 cup of the juices from a can of collard greens, string beans or any other green vegetable you prefer. Very delicious.


Loved it! My girlfriend was extremely skeptical, but said she thought it was amazing and that we should make it again, using all whole-wheat noodles next time.

Didn't use the nutmeg, and used half part-skim mozzerella and half cheddar. Did a mix of whole wheat and regular rotini, and a full 16 oz bag of spinach, which she thought was a little much and I loved. Next time, all whole-wheat pasta, and I'll smash a clove or two and sautee that before starting the sauce.

Minneapolis, MN


I loved this dish. Definately use sharp cheddar cheese. I used the reduced fat version. I also used wheat flour since I didn't have whole wheat noodles on hand just regular ones... I am definately making it again. Instead of doing a layer of spinach, I mixed it in the mac. I needed to ensure my 3-year-old did not have an easy time trying to pick it out. It worked. She ate it. :)


This is absolutely delicious!



This recipe was a big hit at our house, I love how easy it is and my husband and toddler both wolfed it down.


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