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Healthified Macaroni and Cheese

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59% less fat • 54% less sat fat • 24% fewer calories than the original recipe. Make it “my mac and cheese” with simple changes to lower the fat and a few flavor boosters to make you love it.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

2
cups uncooked regular or whole wheat elbow macaroni (8 oz)
2
cups fat-free (skim) milk
3
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2
cups shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Directions

  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, cook and drain macaroni as directed on package. Return to saucepan; cover to keep warm.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, stir milk, flour, mustard, salt, black pepper and red pepper with wire whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted.
  • 3 Add cheese sauce to cooked macaroni; mix well. Spoon into baking dish.
  • 4 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are bubbly.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 110
  • Fat Reduced By 13g
  • Cholesterol Reduced By 25mg
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
470mg
470%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
35%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The Original vs. Healthified

Live Better America lets you enjoy your favorite dishes without worry or guilt. Our nutritionists switch ingredients, reduce amounts and use other kitchen tricks to turn the original recipes into Healthified recipes that are good and good for you.

Before After
3 tablespoons margarine 2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
2 cups whole milk 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz) 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
450 (before)
340 (after)
Cholesterol
 
 
50 mg (before)
25 mg (after)
Total Fat
 
 
22 g (before)
9 g (after)

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

Strongly flavored Cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper bump up the flavor of this lower-fat version of macaroni and cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/24/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
470mg
470%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
35%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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