Health(Ier) Mac and Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy Health(ier) Mac and Cheese recipe? Learn how to make Health(ier) Mac and Cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by albob22

Makes 4 servings



Yummy, healthier version of the old favorite.

Recipe Ingredients for Health(ier) Mac and Cheese

3 ounces
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon paprika
16 ounce frozen spinach
1 3/4 cups
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 Freshly ground pepper to taste
8 ounces

Recipe Directions for Health(ier) Mac and Cheese

  1. Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain and refresh under cold water; press out excess moisture.

  3. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl until smooth; add to the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar until melted. Stir in cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

  4. Cook pasta for 4 minutes, or until not quite tender. (It will continue to cook during baking.) Drain and add to the cheese sauce; mix well. Spread half the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the spinach on top. Top with the remaining pasta; sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.

  5. Bake the casserole until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 420.0g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
508
Calories from Fat
190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
21.1g
32%
Saturated Fat
12.3g
61%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
64mg
21%
Sodium
1004mg
42%
Potassium
901mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates
48.9g
16%
Dietary Fiber
4.7g
19%
Sugars
4.7g
Protein
33.7g
Vitamin A 229% Vitamin C 56%
Calcium 71% Iron 24%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • High in calcium
  • High in manganese
  • Very high in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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