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

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

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
Good with help.

It was good, left out the breadcrumb topping used more cheddar, and next time omitting cottage cheese and spinach and adding more cheddar. Also added some more salt, pepper, and garlic powder which is what I added when I ate it for more flavor. Was good as is just changed a little for our taste.

Godd starter recipe.
Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Remove the cottage cheese,

Remove the cottage cheese, spinach, and breadcrumbs? Add more cheddar? So basically you'll make a box of Kraft mac & cheese next time. LOL

Very bland

This turned out to be extremely bland. Followed ingredients/instructions exactly. Will not make this again.


My husband LOVES food, so I was a little leery of this 'healthified' dish. My husband said he'd try it. I baked it one night and he LOVED it! He asks me to make it constantly! My 18 month old son who is the pickiest eater on the planet, loved it, too!! Finally a meal the whole family can eat!
PS I don't use the spinach because the first time I made it, I didn't have spinach, but my husband still raved about it so I've continued to make it without. I also didn't have nutmeg, so I left that out, too.

Yummy, great alternative to this southern dish

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