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    Easiest Mac 'n' Cheese

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    55 mins

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    45 mins

    zoo66's Note:

    The easiest and tastiest macaroni and cheese easy my 10 year old can make it! Also the only mac and cheese my very picky 7 year old will eat. Make sure to use extra sharp cheddar, it makes all the difference. Best of all, no need to pre-cook the noodles! Adapted from Moosewood Low Fat Favorites.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. 2
      Place cottage cheese, buttermilk, and mustard in a mixing bowl. Using a stick blender, puree until smooth. (If you don't have a stick blender, a regular blender works fine, just pour into a bowl after it is pureed).
    3. 3
      Add cheddar cheese and uncooked macaroni to pureed mixture and stir until well mixed.
    4. 4
      Spray a 8x11 baking dish with non-stick spray, then pour mixture into dish.
    5. 5
      In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over top of mixture in the baking pan.
    6. 6
      Bake for about 45 minutes, until edges are nice and bubbly and top is browned.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 19, 2012


      I used all fat free or reduced fat versions. I didn't tell my family that it was a healthier version of mac and cheese, just that it wasn't Grandma's recipe. When DD tasted it, she immediately asked if I could make it again sometime. The only thing I may do differently is reduce the breadcrumbs just slightly, but that's just my preference, my family liked it just the way it is. So simple to make, healthier than typical mac and cheese, and rave reviews from my family....absolutely worth all 5 stars.

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    • on June 20, 2011


      Very, very nice recipe that's easy to prepare, & I DID follow the recipe! I used bread crumbs that I 'made' from a nutty, whole grain loaf, which, I thought, added a bit to the flavor! Shared this with a mac-&-cheese-loving neighbor couple & we all are happy to give it the highest rating! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed in Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup recipe tag]

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    • on May 21, 2011


      This is a keeper for sure, it's sooo cheesy and sooo easy to make and it always comes out perfectly. Everybody loved it! Made one little change: had no buttermilk so used yogurt instead. Great practical mac'n'cheese and great taste too!

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    Nutritional Facts for Easiest Mac 'n' Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (225 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 342.8
    Calories from Fat 97
    Total Fat 10.8 g
    Saturated Fat 6.4 g
    Cholesterol 33.0 mg
    Sodium 655.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 7.3 g
    Protein 24.3 g

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