Healthier Triple Mac n Cheese
Nov 19, 2012, 1:07:24 PM CST Jul 30, 2018, 9:41:06 AM CDT

Healthier Triple Mac n Cheese

Lindsey Mazanec, M.S., R.D./L.D., a clinical dietitian at Children's Health℠, whips up a healthy version of mac n cheese for Thanksgiving dinner.

Macaroni and cheese dish Macaroni and cheese dish

Like most, your Thanksgiving meal probably means a feast of many different sides in addition to the turkey and desserts. But there's no reason why you couldn't prepare healthy versions of those sides to help make the meal a bit more nutritious.

Lindsey Mazanec, M.S., R.D./L.D., a clinical dietitian at Children’s Health℠, has whipped up a delicious recipe for mac n cheese that will satisfy your kids' hunger without all the fat and calories.

Triple Mac n Cheese

  • 8 ounces  of uncooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)
  • 1 ½ cups of nonfat or 1% milk
  • 1 cup sweet onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • ½ cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup goat cheese crumbles
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese (divided)
  • 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Combine chopped onion, and oil and sauté in a medium saucepan for about 5-7 minutes over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for additional minute. Add in milk, and stir constantly until mixture becomes thick, cooking for about 2 minutes. Bring to low heat and stir in ½ cup blue cheese, ½ cup cheddar cheese and ½ cup Parmesan cheese until all cheese is melted.

Cook macaroni pasta according to instructions and drain over the sink

In a large glass baking dish, combine cheese mixture with cooked macaroni. Combine ¼ cup Parmesan with breadcrumbs and sprinkle evenly over the top.  Bake for 30-35 minutes in the oven.  

Want more healthy recipes? Download our 10 Easy and Healthy Weeknight Suppers Your Kids Will Love.

baking, cooking, cuisine, diet, eating habits, food and drink, food allergy, lifestyle, nutrition, recipes

Childrens Health