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I was on a soft food diet as a result of a dental injury this Thanksgiving. I chose to make this as a side dish for the family and as a main course for me, and it was a hit all around. Many baked mac & cheese recipes can be rather bland, but the extra sharp cheddar makes it quite flavorful. Despite the "light" in its name, I was a little concerned about the fat content ( 52% DV saturated fat - ouch!) , so I used skim milk and non-fat cottage cheese and it was still extremely rich and tasty. I also used whole wheat pasta and fresh rather than frozen spinach. I doubled the recipe and cooked it in a 13"x9" casserole dish - perfect! This is one of those dishes that tastes even better as next-day leftovers.

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fluffington November 27, 2009

This was great! It definitely didn't taste like a "light" macaroni & cheese. I made a couple adjustments - I just stirred in some fresh spinach to the cheese sauce before tossing with the macaroni, I added some garlic powder with the salt & pepper, and I used a mix of parmesan cheese & bread crumbs on the top. I loved the crunchy top layer! I think the key to this is seasoning the cheese sauce really well.

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Southern Bug August 12, 2010

We don't usually eat dairy products in our family, so when we spurlge, the recipe had better be a good one! This recipe fits the bill. It was simple to prepare, and was promptly devoured by the family. Although I don't think any dairy based recipe can be truly healthy, this recipe was about as healthy as you can get with mac and cheese. The nutmeg was an especially tasty addition. We'll make this again, the next time we want to indulge ourselves.

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Lola68 October 31, 2003

This recipe turned out to be quite tasty--and yes cream and cheesy--as well as easy to make. I used whole wheat pasta and it *still* tasted great! My toddler loved it. (and he ate the spinach too!)

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JJudith May 12, 2003

This is a fabulous, lower calorie pasta dish. I often add sliced mushrooms sautéed with shallots and thyme and halved cherry tomatoes for added taste and color. Whole grain elbows make it even healthier. Everyone loves this and it freezes well.

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Denise in Anguilla June 22, 2015

Really good for low fat recipe. Would like to try with fresh spinach. Both children ate two servings. Will make again

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ilovemyfamily! June 01, 2012

Made a batch for my veggie-phobic daughter without spinach, but otherwise, the whole family loved this mac and cheese. It's going into the regular rotation, thanks!

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carseatcrazy June 16, 2011

Very, very good. I like that the cheese sauce was easy to make and thickened very nicely. Spinach is yucky, so I used peas and cubed ham in its place. Delicious!

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J-Lynn October 29, 2009

Mac & Cheese isn't something we eat a whole bunch of...but we were all in the mood for some comfort food this rainy cold night, and this fit the bill. These are pretty much things we always have on hand, and it's very straight forward to make. I find it a lot of pots and pans/dishes for one quick dinner so I would recommend doubling the recipe and freezing some. One typical package of macaroni (catelli) is 12 oz, so I made the recipe plus 50%. Thanks for another one Tish!

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magpie diner October 01, 2009
Light Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach