PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Weight Watchers International

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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:

234 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 12g 19%
  • Carbs 21g 7%
  • Saturated 5g 27%
  • Fiber 0g 0%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 12g 23%
  • Cholesterol 28mg 9%
  • Sodium 255mg 11%
  • Calcium 288mg 29%
  • Magnesium 45mg 11%
  • Potassium 153mg 4%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Zinc 2mg 11%
  • Phosphorus 235mg 34%
  • Vitamin A 137µg 15%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 13%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 4%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 25µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 7%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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