Healthier Triple Mac n Cheese
Nov 19, 2012, 1:07:24 PM CST Jun 8, 2018, 1:20:44 PM 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.

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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.  

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