Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Erin S. | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts Updated

Healthy mac and cheese made with whole grain pasta makes supper worth waiting for. It's made on the stove top, and has bacon. What...

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Macaroni and cheese is a true comfort food for most people.  Pasta and cheese are pretty much the definition of comfort food.  Most of the time there isn’t time to make comfort food on a busy weeknight.  But that is all about to change.  Stove top mac n’ cheese is just as creamy and comforting as you are used to.  In the time it takes to cook the noodles, you are pretty much ready for dinner.  And a dinner the whole family is going to love, which can be a challenge sometimes. 

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I have to admit, I haven’t made that many macaroni and cheese recipes in my day.  Most of the time there are at least 3 pans involved, a strainer, cutting boards, and who knows what else.  And if you bake it with a crumb topping, that adds to the mess.  So as much as I enjoy cooking, I do not enjoy dishes.  College was the only time in my life I lived without a dishwasher, and I plan on that staying true.   Well, stove top mac n’ cheese makes things a little easier.  And if you left the bacon out of this recipe, you only have one pan!  

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The classic blue box mac n’ cheese was a staple in my house growing up.  Mixed with sliced hot dogs so it could go further and actually fill up me and my brother.  This recipe is almost as easy, takes the about the same amount of time, but is so much better for you!  You can switch up the cheeses to change the flavor how you like.  Whole wheat pasta and Greek yogurt really bump up the health factor, but do not take away from the taste at all.  You will feel so much better about feeding this stove top version to your family.  

We think our maple candied bacon recipe would be amazing in Erin's mac and cheese, and how about a light strawberry spinach salad on the side?

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Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe

    5 Servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Whole Wheat Pasta, shells or macaroni
  • 5 ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Gruyere Cheese, shredded
  • 2/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions. 
  2. Meanwhile mix together both of the cheeses with the garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, and salt. 
  3. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add it back to the pot.   Add the cheese mixture and stir until the cheese is melted.  Add greek yogurt, and mix until well combined.  Fold in the bacon. 
  4. Serve immediately.  
Source: Adapted from Cooking Ala Mel
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Author: Erin S.
Source: Adapted from Cooking Ala Mel
Recipe Yields: 5 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 5

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 109
Calories 440

% Daily Value*
21%
Total Fat 14g
39%
  Saturated Fat 8g
19%
Sodium 463mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate 52g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
48%
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Erin S.

About Erin

Erin is passionate about quick and easy dinners that lead to family togetherness on her blog, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. How could we not ask her to share that passion as an Easy Dinner fanatic?