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Classic Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe proves you don't have to give up your favorite dishes to eat heart healthy meals—here's a lower fat version of a true classic

Recipe Source: Deliciously Healthy Dinners


2 C macaroni

½ C onion, chopped

½ C fat-free evaporated milk

1 medium egg, lightly beaten

¼ tsp ground black pepper

1¼ C (4 oz) low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded

Cooking spray

Photograph of the completed recipe.
calories 200
Total fat 4 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Cholesterol 34 mg
Sodium 120 mg
Total fiber 1 g
Protein 11 g
Carbohydrates 29 g
Potassium 119 mg


  • 1
    Cook macaroni according to package directions—but do not add salt to the cooking water.  Drain and set aside.

  • 2
    Spray casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  • 3
    Preheat oven to 350 °F.

  • 4
    Lightly spray saucepan with nonstick cooking spray.  Add onion to saucepan and sauté for about 3 minutes over medium heat.

  • 5
    In a bowl, combine macaroni, onion, and the remaining ingredients, and mix thoroughly.

  • 6
    Transfer mixture into casserole dish.

  • 7
    Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. 

Tip: Pairs nicely with steamed broccoli and garlic.

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