Creamy Macaroni 'n' Cheese Recipe
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Creamy Macaroni 'n' Cheese Recipe

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"I prepare this cheesy recipe when I'm craving 'comfort food' but trying to eat a little lighter," advises Dawn Royer of Albany, Oregon. "The hint of mustard adds zip to this creamy side dish—and it makes a pleasing meatless entree, too."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3-1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1-3/4 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup equals 229 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 491 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, cover and microwave onion on high for 1 minute or until tender; drain. Add the macaroni, cheddar cheese and parsley; set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine the milk, cottage cheese, mustard, salt and pepper; cover and process until smooth. Stir into macaroni mixture.
  3. Pour into a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Creamy Macaroni 'n' Cheese in Light & Tasty February/March 2001, p12

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup equals 229 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 491 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"I didn't include the onions when I made this recipe, but it was still really good. I've never had a macaroni and cheese like this one before, but this will probably be what I think of the next time I start craving macaroni and cheese. This is definitely going into my recipe book."

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Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"I've been making my own "higher fat/cal" mac 'n' cheese for 30+ years so it was hard to find a lower fat/cal recipe that was comparable. This one does the trick. I do have to admit that I still m iss my higher fat/cal version but will continue to use this one since I really want to cut back on my fat/cal intake."

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Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"This was good but my daughter wouldn't even try it even though she loves mac and cheese. But everyone else liked it!"

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I just had this with my family. Wow! Doesn't taste low fat at all! I made it as written, using 6 oz (1 1/2 cups) dry elbows and it came out delicious! I paired it with pecan crusted chicken also on TOH and canned corn for a truely wonderful comfort food family dinner. Not one complaint! Thanks for a great recipe!"

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"I share this with my friends,yummmmm"

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