By Tish on March 24, 2003
Photo by Redsie
Photo by Redsie
"This updated recipe illustrates how you can lower the saturated fat, without sacrificing the rich, cheesy taste, in classic macaroni and cheese. A layer of spinach in the center adds flavor and nutritional value. From Cooking Club"
Serving Size: 1 (254 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"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!)"
"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!"
"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!"
"Doesn't taste light to me. Really good and loved by all. I also added the spinach right in without cooking."
"This was good mac&cheese!! :) Didn't taste light at all! Didn't cook the spinach, just added it to the mix and cooked it with the pasta in the oven! Thanks Tish!"
"This was super yummy and easy to make. Love the wheat germ on top - who needs bread crumbs! My toddler also loved it."
"I have been looking for a lighter recipe for my most favorite comfort food and this one tastes awsome! I love the different variations and the ideas for adding veggies. This recipe is a keeper."
"I made this a long time ago and hadn't reviewed it. I pulled it up from my "tried" file in order to make it again when I realized that I hadn't reviewed. That said, my roommate and I enjoyed this dish very much. We are both on diets and love mac and cheese too much! I didn't use spinach the first time, but the second time, I added some fresh spinach and thinly sliced chicken in the center. It was a hit all around! Thanks for the good recipe."
"What a treat. Dh even liked the mystery wheat germ topping. I had kale in the garden so I used that in place of the spinach and loved it. I used the regular recipe and added jalapeno, cayenne and cilantro. I know it's a bit mixed up but we thought it tasted great."
"This was very easy to make. I served it as a side dish with baked salmon. The idea of putting spinach in the middle was fantastic. I made it in a round disposable aluminum tray and cut protions like a pie. In this way you could see the stripe of spinach running through the center. It was delicious."