Healthier Homemade Mac and Cheese

Healthier Homemade Mac and Cheese 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

Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 20 mins

    COOK : 30 mins

    TOTAL : 50 mins

    SERVING : 4

    YIELD : 4 servings

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bake in preheated oven until cheese sauce is hot and breadcrumbs are browned, about 30 minutes.

Per Serving: 770 calories; protein 42.5g; carbohydrates 106.6g; fat 22.4g; cholesterol 60.3mg; sodium 750.2mg.