Diane’s Hearty and Healthier Mac-n-Cheese


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Edam cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Havarti light cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup reduced fat sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 5 cups of cooked pasta - any shape (try whole wheat for a boost of fiber)
  • 3/4 cups panko or whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a 2 quart casserole dish with olive oil spray.
  3. Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  4. Stir in flour and whisk milk in slowly until there are no lumps and it starts to thicken.
  5. Stir in next 7 ingredients (garlic powder through black pepper) and continue to stir until the cheese melts.
  6. Remove from heat and gently fold in macaroni.
  7. Pour mixture into casserole dish and evenly top with bread crumbs and remaining Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until top is browned and casserole is bubbling.
  9. ENJOY!

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