Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Here is the requested recipe. It can be changed around according to your taste. More about Healthy Thursdays at the bottom.

16 oz. noodles (elbows, ziti, shells, whatever you like. whole wheat or regular)
4 slices of bread white or wheat (pulse in a food processor to make crumbs)
6 tbls. unsalted butter (or light butter, reserve 2 tbls.)
3 cups skim milk
one block mozzarella cheese (about 10oz, part skim)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar (this is optional)
1tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 baking dish
Boil pasta according to package instructions
White your pasta is cooking, melt 4 tbls. butter in a saucepan. Wisk in milk, flour, worcestershire sauce, and season generously with salt and pepper. Let boil for about a minute or two, reduce heat and mix in cheese until melted.

When noodles are done, drain them and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour sauce over noodles and stir well. Put contents in your pan and sprinkle with bread crumbs and remaining butter (melted). Bake for about 45 minutes.

The result: This is very good. Of course, it's hard to go wrong with noodles and cheese. Its not the healthiest food on earth, but I tried to make it better and I really stuck with small portions of it. I ate a one cup serving. 8 servings per pan at about 400 calories a serving.

Light changes: use light butter, skip the bread topping, reduce amount of butter, cup milk to 2 cups, try 1/8 cup white flour and 1/8 cup whole wheat flour, use part skim and reduced fat cheeses, and try using whole wheat pasta! Also, this could be made into a meal by adding a protein and vegetable into the mixture.


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Blogger Krissie said...

Ohhh...I would SO play along with Healthy Thursdays...I'd put a button on the day...I like buttons!

Your mac and cheese looks awesome.

10:55 PM  
Blogger sweetnes said...

Thanks for posting this :) I'll try to get out of my cooking funk and find something to contribute to next Thursday's healthy recipes.

12:02 AM  

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