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Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

 Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese
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
10 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups cubed bread
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large
  • saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Combine flour and
  • half-and-half; stir into pan. Add milk and seasonings. Bring to a
  • gentle boil; remove from the heat. Stir in cheese until melted.
  • Drain macaroni; add to the cheese sauce and stir to coat.
  • Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Add bread;

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Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • saute 2-3 minutes longer. Sprinkle bread mixture and cheese over
  • macaroni mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or
  • until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 432 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 526 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.