Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 15 Minutes
Bake: 20 Minutes
Stand: 5 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 332
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 10.7 g
Satfat 6.6 g
Monofat 0.6 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 21.1 g
Carbohydrate 36.5 g
Fiber 2.8 g
Cholesterol 33 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 609 mg
Calcium 407 mg


1/2 (16-oz.) package multigrain penne pasta
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 (8-oz.) block 2% reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
Vegetable cooking spray


1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, salt, and dry mustard; cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.

3. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese, stirring until cheese melts and mixture is smooth. Stir in pasta until well combined.

4. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

5. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.