Guilt-Free Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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I tweak recipes to make over full-fat classics. Over the years, I've updated this recipe to use low-fat products, and my family really enjoys it. —Kristen Miller, Glendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 10 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 343 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 765mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 medium-fat meat.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, whisk flour, seasonings and milks; stir in onion. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in process cheese until melted. Drain macaroni; transfer to a 13X9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour sauce over macaroni; stir to coat
  3. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with bacon. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Guilt-Free Macaroni and Cheese in Light Recipes 2015, p45

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