Friday recipe: baked mac & cheese

September 17, 2010 —

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of macaroni and cheese? Unfortunately Kraft’s blue-box special is less-than healthy. I have no idea how they can make powdered cheese taste so good, but don’t you wonder why it’s such a fluorescent orange color? That can’t be natural.

This recipe from Weight Watchers includes a little butter, reduced-fat cheese and spinach. I can’t wait to try it!

Lighter baked macaroni and cheese

12-oz high-fiber elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon light butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup minced onion
2 cups skim milk
1 cup fat-free vegetable or chicken broth
8-oz. reduced-fat mild cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups baby spinach
1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup seasoned whole-wheat bread crumbs
Butter-flavored spray

Directions

1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Spray a baking dish with butter-flavored spray.
4. Melt butter in large skillet.
5. Add flour and cook over low heat stirring with a whisk.
6. Add onion and cook another 2 minutes.
7. Add milk and broth (veggie or chicken) and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and thick.
8. Season with salt and pepper.
9. Remove from heat, add cheese and mix well until cheese is melted.
10. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked macaroni and baby spinach.
11. Pour into baking dish.
12. Top with grated cheese and breadcrumbs.
13. Spray a little more butter-flavored spray on top.
14. Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 375 degree oven, then broil for a few minutes to get the breadcrumbs golden.


Andrea Cooley gets paid to post on Facebook and Twitter (among other things) to promote Des Moines University to prospective students. She is a Midwest girl at heart, but loves to travel around the country visiting friends and family. If Des Moines had mountains or an ocean she’d never leave. Before joining the DMU marketing team, she was an editor for Country Home magazine. She’s still a little obsessed with magazines, so if you want to talk about decorating, remodeling or gardening projects she’s your go-to girl.
  • http://collegethrive.com Dan

    I’ve been looking for something good to eat for dinner, and this looks like just the thing I’m craving.

  • http://collegethrive.com Dan

    I’ve been looking for something good to eat for dinner, and this looks like just the thing I’m craving.

  • Anonymous

    I always love your recipes . Thank you

  • Anonymous

    I always love your recipes . Thank you

  • http://www.logodesignbuzz.com/ DesignBuzz

    Andrea, you are rockstar :) this was so damn tasty :) i tried it yesterday and my bf totally love it :) thanks

  • http://www.logodesignbuzz.com/ DesignBuzz

    Andrea, you are rockstar :) this was so damn tasty :) i tried it yesterday and my bf totally love it :) thanks

  • http://www.my317home.com Ryan – Indianapolis Realtor

    Nice! I just started weight watchers a few weeks ago and I am THE BIGGEST fan of macaroni & cheese. I am actually a member of the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese club when I signed up as a kid! Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://www.my317home.com Ryan – Indianapolis Realtor

    Nice! I just started weight watchers a few weeks ago and I am THE BIGGEST fan of macaroni & cheese. I am actually a member of the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese club when I signed up as a kid! Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://www.massage-therapy-herndon-reston.com Massage-Reston

    wow…….was that ever good. not like the frozen Stoffers, but a heck of a lot healthier. Now the box I don’t eat much, but know what you are saying. But this was delicious.

  • http://www.massage-therapy-herndon-reston.com Massage-Reston

    wow…….was that ever good. not like the frozen Stoffers, but a heck of a lot healthier. Now the box I don’t eat much, but know what you are saying. But this was delicious.

  • http://weightlosstips-healthydiet.com George

    Thank you for the recipe, although, as you say, it is less than healthy! :-)