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

64 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese

Not Heart Healthy

Just what is so healthy about this recipe? It has over 900mg of sodium per serving, almost half of your RDA! No thanks.

Comments (2)


Anonymous wrote 29 weeks 5 days ago

I too agree..I reciently

I too agree..I reciently discovered that most breads (& bread crumbs are very high in sodium. So I leave out that toppimg. Instead I save some of the cheese (cheddar...I know, I know, is also wicked high in sodium) and put that on top. I make mac and cheese only about 4 times a yr, but am still looking for ways to make it less of a cardiac disaster.

Anonymous wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

Agree... twice the amount of

Agree... twice the amount of sodium recommended for an entrée or side dish! No thanks.
A Registered Dietitian

Never eat boxed again

A friend ended up in the hospital over Christmas and I wanted to make sure his fiancee was eating well. I made a double batch of this and brought them one of the casseroles. She was SO grateful and wanted the recipe.

I happily shared. It may be more effort than the boxed version but thre is absoluely no comparison! It was sooo tasty.


This was so yummy. It was pretty quick and easy to make too. I followed the recipe exactly, but also threw in some diced onions I had on hand into the sauce. The onion definitely added some good flavor to it and I suggest adding if you like onions.


I thought this recipe was pretty good. I've made it twice now, once with the layer of spinach and another time with chopped fresh broccoli. I think I prefer the broccoli. I also added more breadcrumb topping because that it one of my favorite components of homemade mac and cheese. Overall it was pretty decent, but I agree that it was a little on the bland side. I will probably try the onion idea of the other reviewer. It was decent enough though that I will make it again even though my husband did not care much for it.

secret ingredient for mac and cheese!

I've got mine in the oven baking right now so I haven't actually tried it yet. I did of course taste the sauce and I like what i'm tasting so far.
I just wanted to throw in a tip to all of you that say that it tastes bland. I usually make another much more fattening mac and cheese (trying this recipe to eat lighter these days) and my secret ingredient that adds so much flavor is nothing more than half of an onion very finely chopped and sauteed in olive oil. If you chop it very finely no one will no it has onion in it unless you tell them. You really can't believe the amount of flavor that it adds to the dish.
Every time I make mac and cheese people want to know what I put in it and when I say onion everyones reaction is a very shocked "really???".
Just a little tip for those of you wanting to add a bit more flavor to this dish.


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