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Guilt-Free Mac ‘n’ Cheese

"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


  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup Daisy 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • bakesalittle
    Dec 5, 2019

    My family enjoyed this version of mac 'n' cheese and didn't seem to notice the was pared down calorie wise. Don't think I would have ever thought to use cottage cheese so kudo's to the developer of this recipe. Will make again and try some of the add-ins mentioned here.

  • darvetsm
    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
    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
    Apr 28, 2010


  • owiemae
    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.