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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


Easy, cheesy recipes for pasta, pizza and more dinner ideas.

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.

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