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

65 Reviews for Baked Mac & Cheese

Sooo good, adults and kids alike rave! Changed only slightly...

I've been making this for years, and my kids and husband love it. I change a few things to make it easier AND bigger servings: use Italian Breadcrumbs (so you don't have to use the other seasonings listed for the breadcrumb mixture); double---or even triple--the breadcrumb amount. Use 3 cups of pasta instead of 2 cups. And I use a whole 16 oz bag of frozen chopped spinach. I also love that I can make this ahead in the morning/night before, and it's ready for the oven whenever!

Easy to make, yet good enough for company!
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 33 weeks 1 day 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 1 year 5 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.


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