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:

390 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:

19%

Servings:

6
  • Fat 20g 31%
  • Carbs 35g 12%
  • Saturated 9g 45%
  • Fiber 0g 0%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 19g 38%
  • Cholesterol 46mg 15%
  • Sodium 426mg 18%
  • Calcium 481mg 48%
  • Magnesium 76mg 19%
  • Potassium 255mg 7%
  • Iron 2mg 9%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 391mg 56%
  • Vitamin A 228µg 25%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 22%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 11%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 7%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 42µg 10%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 12%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 6%
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