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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.



READER'S COMMENT:
"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

67 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese

03/06/2011
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!

easy
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01/16/2011
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
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12/27/2010
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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12/07/2010

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 changes - NO SPINACH being the biggest one!! Neither of us like it cooked. I did have Ians WW crumbs, but instead used a quarter cup/1 tablespoon evoo, Pepperjack cheese instead of Cheddar, Dreamfields elbows, and added 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Not big time deviations. This was so good a recipe that it's the only mac & cheese we will eat going forward. I teamed it with Apricot Glazed Chicken from Epicurious.com and we were in soul food heaven......on this blizzarding Buffalo, New York day. So good and so easy to make! Thanks EW!

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12/06/2010
Anonymous

This was an awesome recipe! I used brown rice elbow noodles and then I also used fat-free cottage cheese. I followed the recipe exactly how it is but, like others, I mixed the spinach in with the cheese and noodles. I also spinkled a little more cheese on top. So yummy!

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