Who doesn’t love a potato gratin? It certainly fits that homey comfort-food bill—creamy, cheesy potato-filled goodness that will take the edge off any long day. Simple as it may be, it’s not exactly the quickest and easiest of side dishes to make. Mounds of earthy potatoes get peeled, sliced papery-thin, and then layered into a seasoned dish with lots of cream, butter, and cheese.  It takes nearly an hour for all those potatoes to melt down into a creamy, silky-rich spoonful of yum—all tucked under an irresistibly golden brown crust. Worth it? Yes. But it’s not exactly your standard weeknight fare. Unless, of course, the prep work has all been done for you.

That’s where we step in. Not only do we build the gratin, but we lighten it up too—using milk as the base of our sauce, instead of heavy cream and butter, to save 150 calories and 11g sat fat per serving! The bold flavors of Gruyère and aged Parmesan cheeses pack a savory punch, balanced with the subtly sweet caramelized notes of slow-roasted garlic. A top layer of toasted breadcrumbs ensures that this dish comes out of the oven with a crisp, golden crust. Top the gratin with fresh herbs and serve alongside grilled chicken or fish and a crisp green salad.

This quick and easy side, ready-made from Cooking Light, has only 150 calories, 5 grams of fat (3.5g sat fat), and 270 milligrams of sodium per serving. We hope you’ll enjoy this delicious, healthy side as much as we did—so good, we had to share it with you!

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