PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Weight Watchers International

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 1/3 cups shredded fat-free Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

A lighter take on a favorite comfort food, this macaroni and cheese recipe is made healthier by using skim milk and fat-free Cheddar cheese. 

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Adapted from "Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook" by Weight Watchers

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook penne according to package directions, omitting salt if desired. Drain in colander, then rinse under cold running water; drain.

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil; boil 1 minute.

Remove saucepan from heat; add 2 cups of Cheddar, the salt, and pepper, stirring until cheese is melted. Stir in pasta. Pour into shallow 2-quart baking dish or 6 individual baking dishes; sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup cheese. Bake until lightly browned and bubbly, about 25 minutes for a 2-quart baking dish and about 15 minutes for individual baking dishes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

358 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

18%

Servings:

10
  • Fat 22g 35%
  • Carbs 21g 7%
  • Saturated 11g 57%
  • Fiber 0g 0%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 19g 38%
  • Cholesterol 59mg 20%
  • Sodium 452mg 19%
  • Calcium 495mg 49%
  • Magnesium 54mg 13%
  • Potassium 176mg 5%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 379mg 54%
  • Vitamin A 217µg 24%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 5%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 33µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 11%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 5%
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