Healthier Homemade Mac and Cheese

Healthier Homemade Mac and Cheese

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"To make this rich mac and cheese recipe healthier we use whole wheat bread crumbs, low-fat milk and cheese, whole wheat noodles, and reduced the amount of butter. Serve with a salad for a healthy meatless dinner."

Ingredients

50 m servings 770 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 770 kcal
  • 39%
  • Fat:
  • 22.4 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 106.6g
  • 34%
  • Protein:
  • 42.5 g
  • 85%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 750 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour to make a roux. Slowly add milk to roux, stirring constantly. Stir in Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and sauce is thick, about 3 minutes. Place macaroni in large baking dish and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and stir until butter is absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread over macaroni to cover. Sprinkle with paprika.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until cheese sauce is hot and breadcrumbs are browned, about 30 minutes.

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I oversaw my oldest boy making this dish--I didn't give him much advice, other than explain how to make a roux properly because the directions did not explain to brown it before adding the milk ...

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This was pretty good, but I think for the calories/fat content you might as well use regular cheese. I find it makes a big difference with the taste and regular cheese melts more easily. A few o...

I oversaw my oldest boy making this dish--I didn't give him much advice, other than explain how to make a roux properly because the directions did not explain to brown it before adding the milk ...

I used fat free milk (2 cups instead of 3 for 4 servings) and skipped the breadcrumbs, and it turned out quite delicious. I added some more paprika, black pepper and tiny bit of chili powder for...

This was pretty good, but I think for the calories/fat content you might as well use regular cheese. I find it makes a big difference with the taste and regular cheese melts more easily. A few o...

This recipe is bland. I added a lot of extra parm cheese which helped. Also, the recipe says it makes four servings but it actually makes at least 12.

Turned out a little dry.

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The cheese sauce came out a weird texture and it didn't have a very strong cheese taste

I gave this 4 stars because I've had better. However it was pretty good I think what makes the differance is how good the cheese is, how good the noodles are. Fallowing the recipe exactly it com...

this got my 14 year old's stamp of approval. I added frozen veg (carrots, peas, & green beans) to the pasta water at the last min. Simple to cook, plenty of leftovers and my family likes it.