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Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

10 servings

Your family will love the rich, creamy flavor of this mac & cheese recipe—and you'll feel good knowing we were able to slash the saturated fat of the original recipe. —April Taylor, Grafenwoehr, Germany
Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups cubed bread
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Combine flour and half-and-half; stir into pan. Add milk and seasonings. Bring to a gentle boil; remove from the heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Drain macaroni; add to the cheese sauce and stir to coat.
  2. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Add bread; saute 2-3 minutes longer. Sprinkle bread mixture and cheese over macaroni mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 432 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 526mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.

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