Reduced-Fat Macaroni and Cheese for Pizza Lovers
This American classic has an awful lot of butter and cheese. We wanted a recipe that slimmed down on the fat, without losing any flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
Most recipes for reduced-fat macaroni and cheese fall short on taste and texture. We found a recipe that tastes delicious, but isn't nearly as rich. Instead of using whole milk and heavy cream in this recipe, we used skim milk thickened with a roux. Low-fat cheddar cheese and Parmesan added a complex flavor to the macaroni and cheese without the added fat. We added part-skim ricotta cheese to add a creamy texture to this reduced-fat version. Adding tomatoes, garlic, and basil gives this classic American recipe an Italian twist. By making these substitutions in our recipe for reduced-fat macaroni and cheese we cut the calories and fat by more than half.