Sunday, June 21, 2009

Macaroni and Cheese

Here is a recipe for a healthier macaroni and cheese. In the picture I used whole wheat elbows and mixed in some spinach and mushrooms, but you could easily just use regular elbows and no veggies if you so desire. I left the bread crumbs off the top due to some time constraints but I will include the topping in the recipe. This is a recipe that I got from one of the cooking light cookbooks and have modified it a bit. The addition of the cottage cheese and sour cream add lots of flavor and creaminess without making it too unhealthy.

Mac & Cheese


Baked Macaroni and Cheese (serves 6)

1 egg
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
3/4 cup low fat sour cream
1/2 cup non fat or low fat milk
2 TBS grated onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
2 cups (8 oz) grated cheese- you can use all cheddar or your favorite cheese or a combination whatever you have on hand
4 cups elbow noodles cooked (8oz uncooked)
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tbs melted butter or olive oil
pinch of salt, pepper, and paprika

Pre heat the oven to 350. In a bowl mix the egg through the ground pepper until mixed. Add in the cheese and mix, then fold in the cooked noodles. Spread into a greased 2 quart casserole pan and pat down to evenly fill the pan. In a small bowl, mix the bread crumbs, butter and salt, pepper, and paprika. Sprinkle over the pasta and cover the pan with foil. Bake for 30 minutes and uncover and bake another five minutes or until the bread crumbs brown.

*Feel free to add in anything you want along with the pasta. You could fold in some ham or broccoli, or maybe some roasted poblanos and use pepper jack cheese along with the cheddar cheese.

47 comments:

Dana said...

I love this idea. Whenever I make macaroni and cheese I can only eat a few bites. Both because it is just too rich for me and because I know all the fattening stuff that went into it! I would love it to be lighter and also have some veggies to break up the richness. I'll try this next time.

Manny said...

This is awesome... I thought you couldnt improve on a classic. I stand corrected. Or rather sit and eat!

Emma C said...

Hi, Emma! I'm a writer for Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn and I just wanted to give you a heads up that I'm featuring your recipe in a post this afternoon as a lighter Thanksgiving side dish. It was delicious! Thanks!

Mae said...

Sooo delicious - and what caught my eye was the kaleidoscope of colors... and healthy to boot!

Anonymous said...

this looks great! do you think it would freeze well? did you cook the veg and mushrooms before you added them in?

thank you!

ML said...

Where do the milk, sour cream, and onion come into the recipe?

Jill said...

@ML, I'm guessing that the "egg through pepper" line includes all of the ingredients listed between those two.

mitzi dodge said...

that was SO good! i can't wait to make it again!

Sara said...

lovely! I can justify making something like this with all the veggies. Nice feature on the kitchn!

Anonymous said...

Yum. I made this and added lots spinach. It was great!

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