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Healthy Mac & Cheese and Other Cheesy Recipes

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Baked Mac & Cheese

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.

» Baked Mac & Cheese

Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

White beans pureed into this broccoli soup make it extra creamy so you don't need heaps of cheese to do the job. Serve with a crunchy whole-grain roll and a glass of winter ale.

» Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos

Here we take the elements of a vegetarian lasagna filling—ricotta, spinach and Parmesan cheese—and nestle them into roasted portobello mushroom caps. The recipe works best with very large portobello caps; if you can only find smaller ones, buy one or two extra and divide the filling among all the caps. Serve with a tossed salad and a whole-wheat dinner roll or spaghetti tossed with marinara sauce.

» Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos

Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce

Intense, earthy and absolutely addictive, New Mexico’s cheese enchiladas showcase red chile sauce at its most elemental, thickly blanketing tortillas and melted Cheddar. We’ve added some extra creaminess and body with locally popular pinto beans, to cut down on the classic’s load of saturated fat. Top with shredded lettuce and minced onion.

» Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

We took the classic flavors of Buffalo wings—hot sauce, blue cheese, carrots and celery—and created a finger-licking-good casserole. Serve this dish during football season to a hungry crowd and it’s sure to be a hit. We don’t typically recommend ingredients by brand name, but in this case we make an exception for Frank’s RedHot Sauce. It has the perfect balance of spice and tang for this casserole. Texas Pete and Crystal hot sauces are suitable alternatives if you can’t find Frank’s.

» Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Lemon-Thyme Whipped Ricotta

This stunning yet easy appetizer recipe infuses creamy ricotta with fresh herbs and lemon. Serve with whole-grain crackers and cut-up vegetables or use as a spread for sandwiches or sauce for pasta.

» Lemon-Thyme Whipped Ricotta

Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata

This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the quickest meals you can make. Make it for breakfast, or serve for lunch or dinner with a tossed salad and a slice of olive oil-drizzled crusty baguette.

» Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata


Cheese is an ingredient in many of our favorite comfort-food recipes, such as pizza and pasta. Our healthy cheese recipes use part-skim, reduced-fat cheeses and sharp cheese like Parmesan to cut back on calories and fat while still being a good source of calcium and protein. Enjoy the versatility of cheese with these healthy cheese recipes you and your family will love using mozzarella, Cheddar, feta, goat cheese and other favorite cheeses.

Cheesy Main-Dish Recipes

Mac & cheese can be a true comfort on a gloomy day, and...
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This elegant broccoli and goat cheese soufflé will wow your...
We took the classic flavors of Buffalo wings—hot sauce,...
Stuffing boneless, skinless chicken breasts with pimientos...
Intense, earthy and absolutely addictive, New Mexico’s...
Here we take the elements of a vegetarian lasagna filling—...
We steam brightly colored bell peppers in the microwave to...
These tasty turkey burgers, served on toasted focaccia and...
To make traditional cordon bleu, you layer prosciutto (or...
This tart starts with a Cheddar cheese crust that's...
In our humble opinion, steak is best topped with sweet...
The South's version of creamy polenta, grits are easy...
This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the...

Cheesy Pasta Recipes

This unusual lasagna with portobello mushrooms, sweet...
This rich pasta dish is full of sweet seared scallops and...
This ooey-gooey pasta dish is a crowd-pleaser for adults...
Elevate frozen ravioli with sizzled garlic and shallots,...

Cheesy Pizza Recipes

Sautéed onions, prosciutto and fontina cheese flavor this...
Why not use cooler-weather vegetables like broccoli and...
The classic combination of pears, walnuts and blue cheese...
This sausage, pepper and mushroom pizza is just a little...
This stuffed pizza is filled with crumbled tofu, spinach,...

Cheesy Soup Recipes

White beans pureed into this broccoli soup make it extra...
This satisfying remake of broccoli chowder benefits from...
Our cheese- and beer-lover's potato soup has only a...
French onion soup is a favorite but it usually isn't...
Here's a version of chicken tortilla soup that's...

Cheesy Sandwich Recipes

This deconstructed version of a chile relleno turned...
There’s something magical about a simple bread-and-tomato...
Most of the good stuff in a Philly cheese steak, from thin-...
Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy...

Cheesy Side Dish Recipes

Tender-crisp green beans tossed with creamy blue cheese and...
Medium-grain brown rice has a toothsome texture and nutty...
Take grits upscale by adding fresh corn, goat cheese and...
If you like spinach-cheese pie, try these simple but...
The technique for this pancake is similar to that for a...
Try this roasted-vegetable free-form tart as an appetizer...
This stunning yet easy appetizer recipe infuses creamy...

Healthy Cheese Appetizers

This Southern favorite is a simple blend of Cheddar,...
This creamy, cheesy dip is spiked with green chiles and...
Spicy peppers get a cooldown from the creamy bean-and-...
Olives and feta marinated with rosemary, lemon and garlic...

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