Friday, April 6, 2012

Light & Yummy Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese is a favorite in our house and we don't make it nearly enough. While I love me a really fattening and cheesy kind, I feel guilty for eating the whole pan! This lighter mac & cheese is a little less guilt-ridden and it tastes fabulous!

Adapted from Debbie Does Dinner Healthy


16 oz. box of elbow macaroni
• onion/garlic puree (see below)

• 2 tsp. dry mustard

• 1/4 tsp. cayenne

• 10 oz. cheddar cheese

• 12 oz. non-fat greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
• 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
• salt & pepper

Onion/Garlic Puree
Combine 1 large sweet onion, 8 minced garlic cloves, and 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cover bowl and microwave for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.

Mac & Cheese:

Preheat oven to 425.

Cook macaroni according to box instructions. Drain and put aside.

Pour onion/garlic puree, dry mustard and cayenne in a pot and simmer, stirring often. Whisk in the cheese until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt. Toss with the macaroni and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture into a 9" x 13" baking pan coated with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the top with a mixture of breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and salt & pepper. Bake for 10 - 13 minutes until top is golden brown.

Pig out! : )


  1. YUM!!!! i love the addition of greek yogurt to soooooo many traditional dishes -- it just works and may i say even better than the original ingredients! LOVE this and going to make it tonight! hugs...

  2. dude, this sounds and looks AWESOME!!! and i'm LOVE LOVE LOVING greek yogurt these days and can totally see it adding a nice creamy texture to this.

  3. comfort foods are my weakness! for easter we just had cheesy scalloped potatoes and broccoli cheese casserole. lordy pete!

  4. This looks good and I like how it is healthier! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I can't wait to see what you have to share at the next party!

  5. Ohhh I saw a msg to pig out ... That means it's ok right? LOL

  6. Lisa, I love that you've created a delicious and lightened-up mac & cheese! I can't wait to try it!



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