Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese: Recipe Makeover

We squashed out half the calories and three-fourths of the sat fat by using a new trick in the sauce.

Creamy, Light Mac and Cheese Recipe
Photo: Randy Mayor

Lighter Mac and Cheese

This isn't the first time we've tackled this dish, of course, but this time we wanted to retain as much cheese as possible for both flavor and that nonnegotiable gooey texture, so the real work happened with the béchamel. Instead of the traditional buttery, heavy sauce, we turned to an unlikely hero for a boost: butternut squash. Combined with nonfat milk and Greek yogurt, the squash adds a rich, nutty flavor, sneaks in some vegetable, and brilliantly mimics the color and creaminess of cheddar sauce. A trio of bold cheeses packs more flavor than a one-cheese approach, while grooved pasta ensures full sauce coverage for a saucy favorite with all kinds of comforting goodness.

The Classic: 
 908 calories per serving
963 milligrams sodium
36 grams saturated fat

The Makeover: 
 390 calories per serving
589 milligrams sodium
6.1 grams saturated fat

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