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
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
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 equals 268 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 515 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g 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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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."

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."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010


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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