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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

66 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese

10/17/2010
Anonymous

I really enjoyed it, I didn't use nutmeg or spinach and just cut up a head of broccoli into little pieces and stirred it right into the sauce. It turned out really good!! And also, the oil can be left out of the breadcrumb step, its not necessary for the recipe.

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09/23/2010
Anonymous

pretty good and fast way to make mac and cheese. To lower calorie count, I omitted the paprika, EVOO, and breadcrumbs. I also combined three different cheeses (pepperjack, gruyere, and sharp cheddar) to add some flavor. I'd suggest sauteing the spinach with garlic and other spices, b/c when i took bites of the spinach, it was bland.

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09/13/2010
Anonymous

Very bland. This recipe needs a lot of modifications to be tasty.

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09/07/2010
Anonymous

Pretty tasty, but I'd add a mix of cheeses next time, along with a bit less spinach and a bit more pasta so it's a bit thicker.

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08/23/2010
Anonymous

Great recipe! I put two 10 oz. packages of spinach and I always vary the cheese to use whatever I have on hand. It works with either elbow or penne macaroni. I tend to mix it up partially when it's in the pan so each bite has spinach, macaroni, and cheese. While I wouldn't call this "healthy" it is delicious and a great way to get everyone to eat spinach.

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