Mac & Cheese with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Mac & Cheese is kid-friendly and provides a generous amount of protein and fiber. Unfortunately, store-bought macaroni and cheese boxes are filled with preservatives and a far cry from a healthy meal. Homemade mac is better if you use whole ingredients, but many recipes are still packed with calories and saturated fat. Our cleaned-up version has the same great creamy taste you love in macaroni and cheese, but it is much healthier and lower cal than most recipes.

We use a few healthy ingredient swaps to build a better mac and cheese. The  sun-dried tomatoes and yogurt pack a hefty boost to the immune system and makes this a superfoods recipe. Sundried tomatoes with mac and cheese give this dish a bit of sophistication. Kids will still love it, but the recipe is grown up enough you can serve it at adult-only meals or create a family friendly meal people of all ages will love.

Macaroni and cheese is great as an entree or side dish. You can toss in some grilled shrimp or chicken for a heartier or dish, or serve mac & cheese beside your favorite entree. This cheesy pasta dish pairs well with fish, so consider serving it as a side to our Simply Sautéed Lemon Tilapia. It also works well with some of our healthier sides. you can whip up a batch of our Sweet Potato Chips and create a kid-approved vegetarian meal.

Mac & Cheese with Sun-dried Tomatoes

6 Servings

Mac & Cheese with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Yields: 6 | Serving size: 1 cup | Calories: 474 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fats: 2g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 46 mg | Sodium: 363 mg | Carbohydrates: 74 g | Dietary fiber: 9 g | Sugars: 8 g | Protein: 26 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 15 |

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups dried whole wheat macaroni shells
  • 12 ounces block cheddar cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg, slightly whipped
  • 1 egg white, slightly whipped
  • 10 sun-dried tomato slices packed in olive oil, diced
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, fat free, plain
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup minced almonds (with skin) for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni to al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, be careful not to overcook. Return to cooking pot, cover while preparing sauce.
  3. Prepare cheese sauce by adding cheddar and milk to a saucepan, cook on low until cheese is melted and creamy.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together mustard, egg, diced sun-dried tomatoes, yogurt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt to taste. While shells are still hot, pour mixture over and stir.
  5. Next, pour warm, melted cheese and milk mixture over shells and stir to combine. Add Mac & Cheese to a casserole dish. If desired, sprinkle shells with a little additional shredded cheddar cheese. Top with minced almonds. Bake 20-25 minutes or until Mac & Cheese is slightly brown around the edges, cheese is melted and almonds are golden.
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5 Comments on "Mac & Cheese with Sun-Dried Tomatoes"

  1. Cec5ilia  April 26, 2012

    This was excellent!  I made the sauce over too high of heat, so I ended up with a very liquid sauce with a big blob of curdled cheese!  But, the Minnesotan in me had no problem cutting the big blob into little blobs of cheese curds, and every things baked up just fine.  I added extra mustard for extra kick.  The husband loved it and told me it was one of his favorites!

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    • Skinny Ms.  April 27, 2012

      When we hear husbands also love one of our healthy recipes, it makes us very :)!! Thanks and so happy you enjoy.

      Reply
  2. Virginia  July 26, 2012

    this was AMAZING 🙂 my daughter loves it, and she asked for seconds. Great recipe I will be adding this to my bi-weekly dinner plans!

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  3. Julie  September 17, 2013

    Just made this. Ah-maz-ing! Thank you!

    Reply
    • Skinny Ms.  September 18, 2013

      Julie, Great! Your are so welcome. 🙂

      Reply

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