All-natural, healthy creamy mac & cheese in 25 minutes

Published on September 10 2010 - 3:30 PM
All-natural, healthy creamy mac & cheese in 25 minutes

I’m not gonna lie to you—I have boxed mac & cheese at home. There are two boxes of shells and cheese sitting in my cupboard just pining to be my next dinner. But here’s the real truth: they’ve been sitting there for months gathering dust, and they will continue to do so. Do you want to know why? Nine times out of ten I just want the real deal. I want real extra-sharp Cheddar (just enough to make it taste great) and I want to be able to pronounce what goes onto my dinner plate. (Sodium Tripolyphosphate, anyone? Mmmmmm, yummy!)

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Not only is this ultra-creamy version of mac & cheese nearly as fast as the boxed variety (you make it on the stovetop), but your family will be able to pronounce every ingredient. It’s healthier too: skipping the boxed mac & cheese and upgrading to whole-wheat pasta boosts fiber. Cooking frozen broccoli with the pasta adds a stealth serving of vegetables to boost folate and vitamins A and C. If you aren’t a broccoli fan, substitute a frozen vegetable of your choice.

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Penelope is a web producer and writer for EatingWell.com. When she's not busy geeking out at the computer, she loves cooking and trying new recipes on her friends. Some of her favorite foods are dark chocolate, coffee, apples, sweet potatoes and cheese.