Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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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
MAKES:
10 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:
10 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups cubed bread
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Directions

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; 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.
Originally published as Makeover Macaroni and Cheese in Healthy Cooking February/March 2011, p25

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 432 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 526mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.

  • 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
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups cubed bread
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  1. 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.
  2. 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; 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.
Originally published as Makeover Macaroni and Cheese in Healthy Cooking February/March 2011, p25

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celestie4 User ID: 5199189 131614
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"This has become a staple at our house. I use whole wheat bread for the topping and I omit the onion. This is also great reheated."

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katina_burks32 User ID: 3449612 193087
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"When I made this recipe, turned out very bland. Did not have much cheesy taste at all. The leftovers went down the garbage disposer."

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