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Easy Low Point Mexican Mac N’ Cheese

This Easy Low Point Mexican Mac n’ Cheese is simple to make and requires just three ingredients. It’s a skinny version of a Classic Mac n’ Cheese with a little kick-elbow noodles smothered in con queso cheese dip and reduced fat cheddar cheese to create a gooey Mexican Mac n’ Cheese!

Makes 4 ( 1 cup) servings 

myWW Green: 7 SmartPoints per serving 

myWW Blue: 7 SmartPoints per serving 

myWW Purple: 3 SmartPoints per serving of using whole grain elbow macaroni or 7 SmartPoints if using regular macaroni 

 

What do I need to make this Easy Mexican Mac n’ Cheese?

 

What can I add to this Easy Mexican Mac N’ Cheese to bulk it up?

  • skinless, boneless chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • shrimp
  • lean ground turkey
  • lean ground beef
  • grilled steak, cut into bit size pieces
  • veggies such as: mixed veggies, peas, carrots, or broccoli

 

How do I make this Easy Low Point Mexican Mac n’ Cheese?

Using a food scale measure out 8 oz. uncooked Barilla Protein Plus or whole grain elbow noodles. ( about 2 cups)

In a large Dutch oven or stockpot cook 8 oz. of elbow noodles according to the back of the package.

Drain noodles. Then pour noodles into a large mixing bowl or back into the pot. 

Pour queso cheese dip over cooked noodles. 

and cheese over cooked noodles. Stir until well combined.

Serve immediately.

Makes 4 ( 1 cup) servings 

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. In a large Dutch oven or stockpot cook 8 oz. of elbow noodles according to the back of the package.
  2. Drain noodles. Then pour noodles into a large mixing bowl or back into the pot. 
  3. Pour queso and cheese over cooked noodles. Stir until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 ( 1 cup) servings 

myWW Green: 7 SmartPoints per serving 

myWW Blue: 7 SmartPoints per serving 

myWW Purple: 3 SmartPoints per serving of using whole grain elbow macaroni or 7 SmartPoints if using regular macaroni 

 

Notes:

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. You can add a splash of unsweetened almond milk or skim milk to help thin out the sauce before reheating in the microwave. 
Yield: 4

Easy Low Point Mexican Mac N' Cheese

Easy Low Point Mexican Mac N' Cheese

This Easy Low Point Mexican Mac n’ Cheese is simple to make and requires only three ingredients. It’s a skinny version of a Classic Mac n’ Cheese with a little kick-elbow noodles smothered in con queso cheese dip and reduced fat cheddar cheese to create a gooey Mexican Mac n’ Cheese!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. or about 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni ( I use Barilla Protein Plus)
  • 7 Tbsp salsa con queso ( I use Tostitos con queso dip)
  • 1/2 cup or about 2 oz. reduced fat cheddar cheese ( I use Velveeta Shreds)

Instructions

    1. In a large Dutch oven or stockpot cook 8 oz. of elbow noodles according to the back of the package.
    2. Drain noodles. Then pour noodles into a large mixing bowl or back ino the pot. 
    3. Pour queso and cheese over cooked noodles. Stir until well combined.
    4. Serve immediately.

    Makes 4 ( 1 cup) servings 

    myWW Green: 7 SmartPoints per serving 

    myWW Blue: 7 SmartPoints per serving 

    myWW Purple: 3 SmartPoints per serving of using whole grain elbow macaroni or 7 SmartPoints if using regular macaroni 

Notes

  1. What can I add to this Easy Mexican Mac N' Cheese to bulk it up?
  • skinless, boneless chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • shrimp
  • lean ground turkey
  • lean ground beef
  • grilled steak, cut into bit size pieces
  • veggies such as: mixed veggies, peas, carrots, or broccoli

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. You can add a splash of unsweetened almond milk or skim milk to help thin out the sauce before reheating in the microwave.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 47gNet Carbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g

Heather

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hello! This recipe looks great! Where do you purchase Velveeta reduces fat shreds? I checked the Velveeta website and the product doesn’t seem to be on their site. Walmart carries the shreds, but not reduced fat. Thank you for your help!

Lindsay Kehl

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi,

I get the Velveeta shreds at my local Walmart store. If you are unable to locate that brand you can always substitute it for a reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese.

Thanks so much

grace

Thursday 12th of March 2020

This is a Shocker!!! So unexpectedly delicious! I have never used a sauce to make Mac, never done it this way but it was great. It had flavor, was creamy and yet light. I had some shrimp so added them and used Trader Joe's Light Mexican shredded cheese. This is simple and fast, a new staple for us. Thank you kindly PS Any ideas on how to use the rest of the Tostitos Sauce

Lindsay Kehl

Friday 13th of March 2020

Hi Grace

Thanks for your comments! I am so happy you enjoyed it. The Tostitos sauce is fabulous as a dip for low point tortilla chips or I love using as a cheese sauce over my cooked cauliflower or broccoli. Its' only 1 point for 2 tablespoons.

You can also check out these recipes where I use it: Cheesy Broccoli Chicken and Rice in Foil Packets

Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake

mary anderson

Sunday 8th of March 2020

such a sensationally recipe for me, really appriciate some great stuff i tried this so many times and its the best recipe because i can add stuff from my thoughts too :) happy women's day btw

KATHLEEN

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Great! Thank you!

Kathleen

Thursday 5th of March 2020

HI! Thank you for another great sounding recipe! I can't wait to make it! Can this be refrigerated and reheated? Just wondering because of the salsa con queso. Thanks so much! Kathleen

Lindsay Kehl

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Hi Kathleen

Thanks for your comment. Yes, you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5-7 days. Just add a splash of skim milk or unsweetened almond milk to your serving and reheat in the microwave.

Have a wonderful day!

Linds

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