The Best Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Posted By ,October 9, 2015
baked macaroni and cheese

baked macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese has to be one of the top comfort foods if not the top comfort food there is. But it is traditionally made with fattening ingredients that add calories and pounds to your waistline. But this recipe will have you eating more this great dish without the added weight. It feeds 6 and takes only 30 minutes.

Prep Time:6 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes
Total Time:36 minutes

12 oz fusilli or elbow pasta
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup flour
2 cups 2% milk
1 cup vegetable broth
2 cups shredded cheddar
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese or Parmesan-type grated topping
cooking spray
salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta, according to package directions for al dente. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large. heavy skillet, melt the butter, then add the onion and olive oil and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook 1 minute or until flour is golden and well-combined. Whisk in milk and broth, raise heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil, then cook an additional 5 minutes or until smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir until melted. Stir in the cooked pasta then pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with the breadcrumbs and parmesan or nutritional yeast. Spray a little more cooking spray on top. Bake 15-20 minutes, then broil a few minutes until the grated Parmesan cheese crumbs are golden.