Updated Mac & Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy Updated Mac & Cheese recipe? Learn how to make Updated Mac & Cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by laxwana

Makes 4 servings



Slight Variation on Eating Well. 2% milk and whole cottage cheese.

Recipe Ingredients for Updated Mac & Cheese

3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon paprika
16 ounce frozen spinach
1 3/4 cups 2% milk, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 ounces grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese ()
1 cup cottage cheese
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Freshly ground pepper to taste
8 ounces (2 cups) elbow macaroni

Recipe Directions for Updated Mac & Cheese

  1. 1. Put a large pot of lightly salted 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. Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain and refresh under cold water; 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.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 392.4g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
659
Calories from Fat
237
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
26.3g
40%
Saturated Fat
15.1g
75%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
81mg
27%
Sodium
1032mg
43%
Potassium
1174mg
34%
Total Carbohydrates
68.3g
23%
Dietary Fiber
4.3g
17%
Sugars
13.3g
Protein
37.6g
Vitamin A 229% Vitamin C 57%
Calcium 77% Iron 36%
* 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
A-
  Good points
  • High in calcium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in selenium
  • Very high in vitamin A
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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