Marvelicious Mac and Cheese

Marvelicious Mac and Cheese

This yummy mac-and-cheese, made lower-fat, is sure to please the family!

Per serving: 266 calories and 6.6g fat.

Saves: Up to 528 calories and 32g fat over traditional store-bought and restaurant dishes.


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Serves: 6 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Extra Time: 10 mins
(for cooking macaroni noodles)

Yield: 6 x 1-1/4-cup servings

Diabetes-Friendly Recipe Low-Carb Recipe High-Calcium Recipe

About this Recipe Makeover

Traditional macaroni and cheese has oodles of fat and calories, in particular store-bought and restaurant variations.

The healthier, yet flavorful Marvelicious Mac and Cheese uses low-fat sharp cheese and fat-free milk, versus the higher fat cheeses, whole milk and extra butter found in rich store-bought and restaurant dishes.

Ingredients Show Makeover Show Traditional

  • 2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni (7 oz)
  • 2 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-fat buttery spread
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 cup shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese (such as Cabot 50% fat or Trader Joe's Lite)
  • 5 Tbsp butter, plus 1 Tbsp more for baking pan
  • 16 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cup milk (3.25% fat)
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp Celtic or Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black or white pepper


Preheat oven to 375ºF. Cook macaroni according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat milk and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour, salt and dry mustard. Simmer for 1 minute, whisking occasionally.

Remove from heat; stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted. Add drained macaroni to saucepan and toss with cheese sauce. Transfer mixture to an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish.

Bake in preheated oven, uncovered until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Optional topping: Prior to baking, sprinkle 1/2 cup additional shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese over the top of the casserole.

Add color and extra nutrition: Sauté some chopped red bell pepper and broccoli florets in the butter before adding the flour for a gourmet version of this comforting creation.

Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.

Thanks to Recipe courtesy of 3-A-Day of Dairy -

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 266 cals
Kilojoules 1,112 kJ
Fat 6.6 g
Saturated Fat 3.8 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Sodium 360 mg
Carbohydrates 34.9 g
Fiber 1.3 g
Total Sugars 5.8 g
Protein 17.3 g
Calcium 355.0 mg
CALORIES 794 cals
Kilojoules 3,320 kJ
Fat 38.6 g
Saturated Fat 24.0 g
Cholesterol 119 mg
Sodium 857 mg
Carbohydrates 78.5 g
Fiber 2.7 g
Total Sugars 14.3 g
Protein 34.0 g
Calcium 582.0 mg
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