Makeover Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Makeover Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Creamy and cheesy with comfort in every bite, this lightened-up classic is sure to become a family favorite at your house, too! —Nancy Langrock, Southbury, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
Healthy Quick Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 package (16 ounces) reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 403 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 944 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in process cheese and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese until smooth. Drain macaroni; stir into cheese sauce.
  2. Remove from the heat; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Macaroni and Cheese in Healthy Cooking August/September 2010, p19

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Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"It was really good! I used colby jack cheese with the velveeta cheese and my kids liked it. Thanks again I will be using this recipe again!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"This is a good recipe! We prefer halving the cheese sauce."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"My husband and I really enjoyed this and he takes his mac & cheese seriously. Hard to believe this was a lighter version. Very creamy. After I added the pasta to the cheese sauce, I was a little worried because it looked so soupy but allowing it to stand for five minutes made a huge difference. I also added some small chunks of ham to the mix for added protein and flavor. Excellent recipe. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"Very easy and yummy! My 16 month old daughter loved it and there are leftovers. Will definitely be making this again! May even try adding some ham to it for some protein."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"My family loved it. Even my husband who doesn't like mac. and cheese. I did add more cheddar and a little more milk to make it more cheesy and creamy. Will make again real soon. No more Kraft for us."

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