Mac & Cheese the Healthy Way!

Need something quick and healthy for dinner tonight? Check out this recipe from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life.

I cooked it up last night, and I was so jazzed by its cheesy goodness and waist-friendly calorie total. It was so yummy!

Macaroni and Four Cheeses

Makes 8 servings.

Cooking spray
1 pound elbow macaroni
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen pureed winter squash (I substituted 10 oz. of a carton of Imagine Butternut Squash soup)
2 cups 1 percent lowfat milk
4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (about 1 1/3 cups)

2 ounces Monterrey jack cheese, grated (about 2/3 cup)
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon powdered mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons unseasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon olive oil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender but firm, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.Meanwhile, place the frozen squash and milk into a large saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the squash with a spoon until it is defrosted. Turn the heat up to medium and cook until the mixture is almost simmering, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the Cheddar, jack cheese, ricotta cheese, salt, mustard and cayenne pepper. Pour cheese mixture over the macaroni and stir to combine. Transfer the macaroni and cheese to the baking dish.

Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes so the top is crisp and nicely browned.

Nutrition Information
Nutritional Analysis per Serving Calories: 392
Total Fat: 11 grams Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Protein: 18 grams Carbohydrates: 56 grams
Fiber: 3.5 grams
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1 Comment

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One response to “Mac & Cheese the Healthy Way!

  1. Amanda

    Wow! That looks delicious! 🙂

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