Guilt-Free Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe
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Guilt-Free Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe

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"I wanted to make macaroni and cheese that tasted good but didn't add on pounds," writes Ruth Ann Stoy of Newport, Michigan. "I think I've done it!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 1% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 268 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 515mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.


  1. In a blender, combine the milk, cottage cheese, onion, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper;cover and process until smooth. Pour into a bowl; stir in the macaroni and 1/4 cup cheese.
  2. Transfer to a 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until edges are bubbly. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Guilt-Free Mac 'n' Cheese in Taste of Home June/July 2005, p47

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darvetsm User ID: 6610852 145285
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"I've never used cottage cheese or skim milk in my old version mac and cheese so I was very skeptical but it was very good and even my husband liked it.This is my new way of cooking mac and cheese."

rosie004 User ID: 4109047 56582
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"OK, so not what I would consider traditional mac n cheese. However, it is a tasty dish that I would make again. I just can't think of it as mac n cheese."

poohpal User ID: 3331189 151505
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010


owiemae User ID: 937189 74129
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2009

"Sometimes i add a Tbsp of pesto or sun dried tomatoes for a bit of a change. Great recipe. Ronzoni Smart Choice pasta has higher fiber and is still white which is great too."

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