Healthier Macaroni and Cheese


A easy dinner for families on the go.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 12 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni

  • cooking spray

  • cup margarine

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups skim milk

  • 2 cups shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (16 ounce) container low-fat cottage cheese

  • cup bread crumbs (Optional)

  • cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese (Optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a casserole dish with cooking spray.

  3. Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in hot margarine until softened, about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir flour, mustard, and pepper into onions and cook for 30 seconds. Gradually pour in milk, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir grated Cheddar cheese into the sauce until cheese is completely melted.

  5. Mix macaroni, cottage cheese, and Cheddar cheese sauce together in a bowl; pour into prepared casserole dish and top with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

533 Calories
17g Fat
61g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 533
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 841mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 428mg 33%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 395mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.