Avocado Mac and Cheese


Avocado adds extra creaminess to this zesty, reduced-fat mac & cheese with chili powder, lime juice and chives.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

  • 1 ½ cups skim milk

  • 3 small garlic cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 2 fully ripened Avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted, peeled and diced, divided

  • 5 ounces reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese cut in 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • ½ cup chopped chives


  1. In large sauce pot, cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine milk, garlic, nutmeg and chili powder. Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. When pasta is almost cooked, place in blender the parsley leaves, 1 1/2 cups of the diced avocado, the cheese, lime juice and hot milk with garlic cloves; whirl until smooth. Drain pasta and return to sauce pot. Pour cheese sauce over pasta; toss to combine. Add chives and remaining 1/2 cup diced avocado; toss gently. Serve hot or at room temperature.

  3. Best when served the day of preparation.


Use linguine in place of elbow macaroni and add sautéed bay scallops; use rotini (spiral shape) in place of elbow macaroni and add steamed shrimp; add spring vegetables to basic recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
13g Fat
67g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 24mg 118%
Calcium 220mg 17%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 684mg 15%

* 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.