Light Mac & Cheese

Comfort food that doesn't make you uncomfortable about eating healthy – and still tastes great? Isabel Maples of the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association shares this recipe for Light Mac & Cheese.

Recipe courtesy of Cabot Creamery

Makes 8 servings



2 cups small dry elbow macaroni

Cooking spray

3 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

2 cups low-fat (1%) milk

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Pinch of ground red pepper (cayenne)

Dash of Worcestershire sauce

2 ounces Cabot Neufchatel Reduced Fat Cream Cheese

8 ounces Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar, grated & divided (about 2 cups)

1/3 cup Italian-flavored or plain dry breadcrumbs



1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

3. Place flour in a large saucepan over medium heat, gradually whisking in milk. Add mustard, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, red pepper and Worcestershire. Continue cooking until sauce thickens, stirring constantly.

4. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cream cheese until well blended; add 2/3 of shredded cheese and stir until melted. Add macaroni, stirring until well coated. Pour into prepared baking dish.

5. Toss remaining shredded cheese with breadcrumbs and sprinkle over top of macaroni; spray with cooking spray.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden on top and bubbling throughout.


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