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.
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.
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.
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!)
I made this to go along with the oven fried chicken we were having for dinner. I used a reduced carb. elbow macaroni and reduced fat cottage cheese. Next time I will reduce the amount of spinach and mix it in the mac and cheese instead of layering it.
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.
Really good for low fat recipe. Would like to try with fresh spinach. Both children ate two servings. Will make again
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!
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!