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Mac and Cheese, Please

Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Prep time 20 mins
Bake time 20 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Serves 8


  • 1 cup small elbow macaroni or other short pasta
  • 1 cup small whole-wheat elbow macaroni or other short pasta
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat Cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups total)
  • 1/3 cup cornflake crumbs (or plain dry bread crumbs)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 246
  • fat 7 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • protein 15 g
  • carbohydrate 31 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 160 mg
  • sodium 357 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  3. Warm milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add flour, whisking steadily until combined. Add mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Continue cooking until sauce thickens, stirring constantly.

  4. Reduce heat to low. Whisk in cream cheese until well blended; add 1 1/3 cups shredded Cheddar and stir until melted. Add macaroni, stirring until well coated. Pour into baking dish.

  5. Toss remaining Cheddar with cornflake crumbs and sprinkle evenly over top.

  6. Bake until golden on top and bubbling throughout, about 20 minutes.