Healthy Mac N' Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy Healthy Mac n' Cheese recipe? Learn how to make Healthy Mac n' Cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by beccaanna

Makes 4 servings



Healthy macaroni and cheese made with cottage cheese.

Recipe Ingredients for Healthy Mac n' Cheese

8 oz Cheddar Mild Medium Sharp or Extra Sharp
2 cup Milk, Nonfat, Fluid
1/4 cup Wheat Flour, White, All-purpose, Enriched, Bleached
7.9 oz Penne

Recipe Directions for Healthy Mac n' Cheese

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

  2. 2. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture.

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

  6. Tips & Notes

  7. * Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, if necessary, then bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

  8. * Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh crumbs. For dry breadcrumbs, spread the fresh crumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250F until crispy, about 15 minutes. One slice of fresh bread makes about 1/3 cup dry crumbs. Or use prepared coarse dry breadcrumbs. We like Ian's brand labeled ?Panko breadcrumbs.? Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 243.0g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
499
Calories from Fat
183
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
20.3g
31%
Saturated Fat
12.2g
61%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
63mg
21%
Sodium
461mg
19%
Potassium
200mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates
49.4g
16%
Dietary Fiber
4.1g
16%
Sugars
8.2g
Protein
28.9g
Vitamin A 17% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 58% Iron 21%
* 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
C+
  Good points
  • High in calcium
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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