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Lightened Up Classic Mac N’ Cheese

This Lightened Up Classic Mac N’ Cheese is an all time favorite at our house-the best part is no one knows it’s lightened up! It’s creamy, cheesy and oh-so good!

Makes: 9 (3/4 cup) servings

GREEN: 7 Smart Points per serving

BLUE: 7 Smart Points per serving

PURPLE: 3 SmartPoints per serving

 

If you’re a pasta lover- I highly recommend making these low point pasta dishes as well:

Pepper Jack Mac N’ Cheese with Chicken

Lightened Up Taco Mac

Philly Cheesesteak Pasta

How do I make this Lightened Up Classic Mac N’ Cheese?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook macaroni according to the package. Drain and set aside

Stir in flour until combined and a roux is made. Add milk and stir occasionally until it comes to a boil and thickens.

Remove from heat. Stir in cheese.

In a large mixing bowl combine, cooked macaroni and the can of cheese soup. 

Pour milk/cheese sauce over cooked macaroni with the can of cheese soup. 

Pour macaroni into a 9 x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray

Bake for 20-22 minutes, uncovered or until bubbly.

 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 16 oz. Barilla Whole Grain elbow macaroni, uncooked 
  • 2 Tbsp Land O’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup light or fat free cheddar cheese, shredded ( I use Velveeta Shreds or Trader Joe’s light 3 cheese blend)
  • 1 ( 10.5 oz.) can healthy request cheddar cheese soup, condensed

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni according to the package. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until combined and a roux is made. Add salt, pepper, milk and stir occasionally until it comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine, cooked macaroni and the can of cheese soup. Pour the milk/cheese sauce over cooked macaroni with the can of cheese soup. 
  5. Pour macaroni into a 9×13 baking dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes, uncovered or until bubbly.

 

Makes: 9 (3/4 cup) servings

GREEN: 7 Smart Points per serving

BLUE: 7 Smart Points per serving

PURPLE: 3 SmartPoints per serving

Notes:

  • The Valveeta shreds cheddar cheese is low in points (1 cup for 8 SmartPoints) and melts very well. It makes this Mac and Cheese so smooth and cheesy! I buy mine at my local Walmart store near the packaged cheeses. 
Yield: 9

Lightened Up Classic Mac N' Cheese

Lightened Up Classic Mac N' Cheese

This Lightened Up Classic Mac N' Cheese is an all time favorite at our house-the best part is no one knows it's lightened up! It's creamy, cheesy and oh-so good!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Barilla Whole Grain Pasta, Elbows
  • 2 Tbsp. Land O' Lakes light butter made with canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup light or fat free cheddar cheese, shredded ( I use Velveeta Shreds or Trader Joe's light 3 cheese blend)
  • 1 ( 10.5 oz.) can healthy request cheddar cheese soup, condensed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni according to the package. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until combined and a roux is made. Add salt, pepper, milk and stir occasionally until it comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine, cooked macaroni and the can of cheese soup. Pour milk/cheese sauce over cooked macaroni with the can of cheese soup. 
  5. Pour macaroni into a 9x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes, uncovered or until bubbly.

Makes: 9 (3/4 cup) servings

GREEN: 7 Smart Points per serving

BLUE: 7 Smart Points per serving

PURPLE: 3 SmartPoints per serving

Notes

    • The Valveeta shreds cheddar cheese is low in points (1 cup for 8 SmartPoints) and melts very well. It makes this Mac and Cheese so smooth and cheesy! I buy mine at my local Walmart near the packaged cheeses. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 365mgCarbohydrates: 37gNet Carbohydrates: 31gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

The point values and nutritional information is estimated and figured based off the brand of ingredients I used for the recipe using the WW app and can vary depending on ingredients used.

marie johson

Friday 1st of May 2020

Such a delicious recipe <3 My mouth is watering can't wait to give it a try

Shannon

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

Has anyone made this and NOT baked it? I'm looking for a stove-top recipe. The pic after adding the soup looks very saucy, so maybe I could add more noodles and stretch it out a few more servings?

mary anderson

Monday 3rd of February 2020

Such a seasonally sensational Recipe Looks so good! Just made these, and it turned out to be so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe

Heather

Sunday 29th of September 2019

Can you use unsweetened almond milk and not skim milk?

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