Decreasing the butter and replacing the half-and-half with milk helped cut a whopping 658 calories and more than half the fat from this casserole. Even though the cholesterol was reduced by 75% and the sodium by 40%, Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese offers all the heart-warming comfort of the original submission.
When my husband had heart problems, I searched for recipes that replaced our full-fat standbys. Over the years, I've updated this recipe to accommodate new lower-in-fat products, and my family continues to enjoy it. —Cora Johnson Schloetzer, Topeka, Kansas
"Even people who have had their own macaroni and cheese recipe for years ask for mine when they taste this crumb-topped version," writes Schelby Thompson of Dover, Delaware. Tip: "Make it with extra-sharp white cheddar cheese for more flavor," Schelby recommends.
We took advantage of the leftover Cheddar Cheese Sauce to prepare this comforting casserole from reader Phyllis Schmalz. The Kansas City, Kansas cook coats macaroni, ham and chopped onion with the creamy mixture before popping the much-loved combination into the oven to bake.
My husband made a version of this casserole for me on our first date. Over the 11 years we’ve been married, we’ve made
several changes to the
ingredients and now it’s even better than the original. —Lisa DeMarsh, Mount Solon, Virginia
Your family will love the rich, creamy flavor of this mac & cheese recipe—and you'll feel good knowing we were able to slash the saturated fat of the original recipe. —April Taylor, Grafenwoehr, Germany