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Healthy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Healthy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect side dish for holidays or summer BBQs made with whole wheat pasta and a lightened melty cheese sauce.
Yield 10 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 8 ounces whole wheat large elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese , freshly shredded, divided
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese , pureed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper , or ground white pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray an 8x8" baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  • In a large pot boil the pasta for 5 minutes then drain and set aside.
  • In that pot, wipe it dry with a paper towel.
  • On medium-high heat melt the butter and whisk in the flour until the flour is completely mixed in.
  • Add in the milk slowly whisking as you pour.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, for 5-6 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Add in 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese and the cottage cheese whisking well.
  • Add salt, mustard, pepper, and the cooked pasta and stir to combine.
  • Pour mixture into baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Healthy Baked Macaroni and Cheese