A Healthy Twist On An Old Favorite

Mac and Cheese

It was a childhood staple, but you can love it as an adult, too!

Don’t be left out of National Mac and Cheese Day today – use the recipe below to make yourself a low-calorie version of an old favorite. Your nostalgia – and your waistline – will thank you!

Mac 'n Cheese with a Healthy Twist

Yield: Makes 8 servings

  • 12 oz elbow pasta
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1/4 c. minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 c. skim milk
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar 
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c. seasoned bread crumbs
  • cooking spray
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta and broccoli together, according to package directions. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large skillet, melt the butter, then add the onion and cook over low heat for two minutes. Add the flour and cook one minute. Whisk in milk and broth, raise heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil, then cook an additional five minute. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir until melted. Stir in the cooked pasta and broccoli, then pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Bake 15-20 minutes, then broil a short time until the breadcrumbs are golden.