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Lighter Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This creamy baked macaroni and cheese recipe is a lighter version of the classic recipe with added fiber from spinach. It’s comfort food at its finest!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Put this casserole on your list — it's a veggie-filled riff on baked mac and cheese
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked macaroni and cheese, Healthy Macaroni and Cheese, macaroni and cheese with spinach
Servings: 8
Calories: 261kcal


  • 12 oz. Elbow macaroni, wheat or whole wheat
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • ¼ cup Flour
  • ¼ cup Minced onion
  • 2 cups Skim milk
  • 1 cup Chicken or vegetable broth
  • 8 oz. Reduced fat cheddar, Optional best results shred yourself
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups Baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan
  • ¼ cup Seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • olive oil spray


  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Spray a baking dish with buttered flavor Pam.
  • Preheat oven to 375F°.
  • In a large, heavy skillet, melt butter. Add flour and cook over low heat stirring with a whisk.
  • Add onion and cook another 2 minutes. Add milk and chicken broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add cheese 1/4 cup at a time and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked macaroni and baby spinach.
  • Pour into baking dish. Top with grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more oil on top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, then broil for a few minutes to get the breadcrumbs golden.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 261kcal

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories261
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 7.5g 12%
    • Saturated Fat 4g 20%
  • Cholesterol 20.5mg 7%
  • Sodium 277mg 12%
  • Total Carbohydrate 36.5g 13%
    • Dietary Fiber 5.5g 22%
    • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 13g 26%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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