Christmas and Hanukkah Family-Friendly Menu Idea-Low-Fat Macaroni and Cheese

December 16, 2008

Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese from Cooking Light

Trying to please everyone during holiday season is no easy task, especially when it comes to planing holiday menus. My friend, Mary Laslie, told me she was planning some Christmas menus and needed some help. Her three daughters love macaroni and cheese, and she wanted a macaroni and cheese recipe for one of her menus that adults might like too. I sent her a Mexican version, a broccoli chicken version, and then I thought, why not develop a low-fat version? This recipe is perfect when it comes to pleasing everyone, and is lower in fat so everybody is happy.


Low-Fat Macaroni and Cheese

Feel free to add tomatoes, turkey or regular bacon or even cooked broccoli if you like.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings 


4  cups  cooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)

2  cups  (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

1  cup  2% low-fat cottage cheese

3/4  cup  light sour cream

1/2  cup  skim milk

2  tablespoons grated fresh onion (optional)

1 1/2  teaspoons  butter or margarine, melted

1/2  teaspoon kosher  salt

1/4  teaspoon  pepper

1  egg white

Vegetable cooking spray

1/4  cup  plain dry breadcrumbs

1  tablespoon butter or margarine, melted

1/4  teaspoon  paprika


1. Combine first 10 ingredients; stir well, and spoon into a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Combine breadcrumbs and next 2 ingredients; stir well. Sprinkle over casserole. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 5 minutes or until set. 

One Response to “Christmas and Hanukkah Family-Friendly Menu Idea-Low-Fat Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Ruth Alegria Says:

    OK, I want the mexican version!

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