142.4…Two-Cheese Mac and Cheese

There are a few dishes that I just cannot resist. Mac and Cheese is definitely one of them.

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Most recipes are loaded with calories and fat but this one from Cooking Light magazine is not. Still comforting but without all the added baggage!

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Two-Cheese Mac and Cheese (Serves 6)

Original Recipe: Cooking Light, September 2013


  • 10 ounce large elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 1/4 cups unsalted chicken stock, divided
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 8 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Set aside.
  2. Preheat broiler to high.
  3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes or until garlic is fragrant, stirring frequently (do not brown). Stir in 1 cup stock; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Combine remaining 1 1/4 cups stock, milk, and flour; stir with a whisk until flour dissolves. Add milk mixture to garlic mixture, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove milk mixture from heat; add cream cheese, stirring until smooth. Stir in salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta to milk mixture, tossing to coat. Let stand 5 minutes. Pour pasta mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle cheddar evenly over pasta mixture. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Let stand 5 minutes.

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I ended up adding a bit more salt and pepper than the recipe called for because I felt it was a little too bland for my tastes. That fixed it right up. It went perfectly with some parmesan chicken (recipe to come) and broccoli. We enjoyed a comforting meal without feeling bad about ourselves afterwards. By the way, the calories per serving of the Two-Cheese Mac and Cheese is 358.

Breakfast this morning was a toasted English muffin with peanut butter and a grapefruit.

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I dropped the kids off at school, did some volunteering and accompanied my daughter on her field trip. The kids had half day and my son went to a friend’s house so I took my daughter to McDonald’s for lunch. Our normal “half day of school” spot. I had the grilled chicken McWrap and a side salad with ranch dressing.

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We shopped for soccer clothes and cleats then came home. Another new recipe is happening in my kitchen tonight. I’m on a roll!

What is your favorite comfort food?


  1. I add ground mustard and cayenne pepper to my Mac and Cheese. Those two spices take the flavor to a whole new level. My favorite comfort food is probably my mom's homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs on top of linguine. I'm not a huge pasta fan, but it definitely qualifies as comfort food! Thanks for sharing that lightened up Mac and Cheese recipe!

  2. @Lynn
    Thank you so much for the great tips! I will add those spices next time...bet they will help a ton!


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