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Healthy mac and cheese?!

The "skinny" macaroni & cheese makeover that is low in fat, high in protein, and less than 250 calories! Recipe here:

Try this healthy mac and cheese recipe when you’re craving mac and cheese but don’t want all the unhealthy saturated fat and calories you’d find in traditional recipes.

The healthy mac and cheese recipe below is low-fat, high-protein, and under 250 calories per serving.

If you make a batch of Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies for dessert, you’ve got yourself a rich and decadent—yet secretly healthy—comfort food feast!

Skinnytaste Macaroni

I’m very excited to feature Gina Homolka, an incredibly talented friend, on the blog today. Gina’s website, Skinnytaste, has a huge following with fans all over the world, and yet she is one of the most genuine and down-to-earth people you could ever hope to meet. She puts passion into every one of her recipes and beautiful photos, and she really cares about her readers, no matter the size of their blogs. Years ago, Gina gave me the opportunity to be a guest on her site even though my own blog was much smaller, and I will never forget that kindness.

Gina just released The Skinnytaste Cookbook, filled with 150 lower-calorie healthy recipes—from breakfast to dessert—to leave you feeling satisfied, not deprived. The best-selling cookbook includes recipes such as PB&J Overnight Oats, Cinnamon Butternut Squash Soup, Chickpea Potato Curry, and the healthy mac and cheese recipe below:

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If you want the mac and cheese to be gluten-free, just be sure to use your favorite variety of gf pasta and breadcrumbs. If gf breadcrumbs are not available, just toast slices of gluten-free bread and then pulse in a food processor until you get breadcrumbs.

Although Gina’s original recipe isn’t vegan, it’s easy to veganize by just using Daiya vegan cheese for the cheese and nutritional yeast or vegan parm.

This is a recipe that everyone can enjoy!

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Healthy Mac and Cheese

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  • 12 oz fusilli or elbow pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp buttery spread
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar (Photographed recipe was made with Daiya vegan cheddar)
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp parmesan-type grated topping (K note: nutritional yeast also works)
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • cooking spray
  • salt and pepper to taste
Total Time: 30m
Yield: Makes 8 servings


Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe: In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta and broccoli together, according to package directions for al dente. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large. heavy skillet, melt the buttery spread, then add the onion and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook 1 minute or until flour is golden and well-combined. Whisk in milk and broth, raise heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil, then cook an additional 5 minutes or until smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir until melted. Stir in the cooked pasta and broccoli, then pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with the breadcrumbs and parmesan or nutritional yeast. Spray a little more cooking spray on top. Bake 15-20 minutes, then broil a few minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden.

View Skinny Mac & Cheese Nutrition Facts

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Laura says:

    This looks delicious! However, I’m confused on the nutrition stats. How many servings should this make? The only way I could get close to your calorie count was by making this ten servings, which seems like it would be a pretty small portion. Let me know what swaps you make to get to that, because otherwise it isn’t quite skinny enough for me 🙂

    1. Julie says:

      If you read the nutrition page, CCK already listed both the ingredients she uses and the number of servings

      1. Laura says:

        Thanks, Julie! I read this within a few minutes of posting. I can’t WAIT to try this!

        1. Julie says:

          Same! 🙂

  2. Kathryn says:

    Mmmm this looks amazing! Lighter, healthier versions of good ole fashioned comfort food are some of my favorite recipes. Can’t wait to try!

    xx Kathryn

  3. Julie says:

    I’m a huge Mac and cheese fan so I will be trying this one for sure! And I love discovering new blogs. Thanks Gina and Katie!

  4. Mia says:

    Great recipe, I’ll need to give it a try 🙂
    xx Mia

  5. This looks delish! And good to know that there are vegan options…I can’t have dairy because I’m breastfeeding and my son is allergic to diary and soy but I am totally craving mac n cheese!!

  6. Betty says:

    Holy guacamole this looks tasty! Might have to give it a whirl.

    Betty x

    The Betty Stamp

  7. Love Low Fat says:

    This looks sooo good! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Michelle says:

    Looks delicious. I look forward to getting your cookbook!

  9. This looks amazing! I have all the ingredients in my kitchen… I can’t wait to give it a go 🙂

  10. Frankie says:

    Ahhh this looks awesome! So happy to stumble upon your blog, I’m always looking for healthier recipes and I’m gonna try a couple out 😀 Frankie x

  11. MMMMmmm! This looks completely delicious!

  12. EVA says:

    Granted, I haven’t tasted this one, but I REFUSE to buy vegan cheese. If you’re going to have mac an cheese, you HAVE TO GO ALL OUT! I feel it’s just a rule. No cutting corners for this classic.

  13. Matea says:

    This definitely sounds healthier than regular mac and cheese! I need to make it soon and give it to my mac-and-cheese-loving little brother; I doubt he’ll realize there’s a difference–if I leave out the broccoli; ha 🙂

  14. Linda @ the Fitty says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen you post something non-dessert! 🙂

    1. EVA says:

      You must be new!

  15. Leanne Winters (@CallMeLeaa) says:

    This looks so delicious, I love Mac n cheese x

  16. Jo says:

    This is a great cookbook, I bought it about a month ago! Also can’t wait for Katie’s cookbook next month!

  17. LLama says:

    Katie, can you make a recipe for raw pasta? It seems that grocery stores near me don’t carry lactose and egg free pasta.

  18. Angela Patterson says:

    Made this last night. Very yummy, & really hit the spot for craving mac & cheese!!

  19. sonaly says:

    its so delicious

  20. brown says:

    How many servings is the Skinny Baked Mac & Cheese? It gives nutrition value per serving, but does not indicate the number of servings in this recipe. This must have been overlooked and PLEASE provide this info for me soon

    1. brown says:

      oops, never mind, I found the answer in VERY SMALL PRINT on this page above a photo, however, on the nutritional page, it does not state the number of servings…

      1. Noreen says:

        It says that the nutrition facts were based on 1/8 of the entire recipe; so I took that to mean a total of 8 servings.

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