PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Weight Watchers International


  • 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



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.


Calories per serving:

358 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 225g 346%
  • Carbs 214g 71%
  • Saturated 114g 568%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Trans 7g
  • Sugars 26g
  • Monounsaturated 66g
  • Polyunsaturated 17g
  • Protein 189g 377%
  • Cholesterol 591mg 197%
  • Sodium 4,523mg 188%
  • Calcium 4,947mg 495%
  • Magnesium 537mg 134%
  • Potassium 1,765mg 50%
  • Iron 10mg 56%
  • Zinc 27mg 180%
  • Phosphorus 3,795mg 542%
  • Vitamin A 2,174µg 242%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 8%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 104%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 210%
  • Niacin (B3) 13mg 66%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 50%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 331µg 83%
  • Vitamin B12 7µg 115%
  • Vitamin D 9µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 47%
  • Vitamin K 37µg 47%
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