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three cheese baked mac and cheese

THREE CHEESE BAKED MAC AND CHEESE

Creamy, mild, and incredibly comforting, this is a healthy mac and cheese recipe that is simple yet satisfying. When made with the right ingredients, mac and cheese can be a delicious and guilt free meal to help satisfy those comfort food cravings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 312 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz whole wheat macaroni noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free milk
  • 1 cups fat free chicken broth (use milk instead if you want to keep this vegetarian)
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1 6 oz bag fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup fat free cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko breads crumbs
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cook macaroni noodles according to package directions.
  3. While noodles are cooking, make sauce by whisking together milk and flour in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Add in broth and cheeses, and continue to whisk until cheese are melted and sauce is creamy and thick, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drain noodles and return them to the pot. Add the fresh spinach leaves into the hot noodles, and toss until leaves begin to wilt. Pour in cheese sauce and stir well to combine.Transfer to a 13 x 9 baking dish.
  5. In a small bowl, mix Panko with garlic powder, parsley, thyme, and salt & pepper. Sprinkle over top of mac and cheese.
  6. Place in oven and bake until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 8 servings

Serving size is about 1 cup

Each serving = 8 Points*

*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value 

Nutrition Facts
THREE CHEESE BAKED MAC AND CHEESE
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.1g 11%
Saturated Fat 3.7g 19%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 324mg 14%
Potassium 232mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 47.8g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 2.9g
Protein 18.2g 36%
Calcium 18%
Iron 21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.