Healthier mac & cheese with meatballs and more

Are your kids tired of out-of-the-box mac & cheese? Not for long. Parents magazine dished out 8 recipes that will definitely add a punch to this dinner classic.

Basic mac & cheese

Ingredients

    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 3 cups dried fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup light butter with canola oil (Land O Lakes)
    • 3 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. low-fat milk
    • 1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

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Stovetop mac & cheese

Ingredients

    • 3 cups dried elbow macaroni
    • 2 tbsp. light butter with canola oil
    • 2 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup fat-free milk
    • 6 oz. reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
    • 3 oz. plain low-fat Greek yogurt

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Mac & cheese with Buffalo chicken wings

Ingredients

    • Buffalo wing sauce
    • 1 cup of shredded chicken breast
    • 1 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 3 cups dried fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup light butter with canola oil (Land O Lakes)
    • 3 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. low-fat milk
    • 1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

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BBQ-inspired mac & cheese

Ingredients

    • 2 tbs. barbecue sauce
    • 1 cup shredded chicken
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 3 cups dried fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup light butter with canola oil (Land O Lakes)
    • 3 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. low-fat milk
    • 1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

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Mini meatball mac & cheese

Ingredients

    • 1 cup frozen mini meatballs
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 3 cups dried fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup light butter with canola oil (Land O Lakes)
    • 3 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. low-fat milk
    • 1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

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Greenalicious mac & cheese

Ingredients

    • 1 or 2 cups of packed fresh spinach
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 3 cups dried fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup light butter with canola oil (Land O Lakes)
    • 3 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. low-fat milk
    • 1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

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Extra gooey mac & cheese

Ingredients

    • 1 cup cubed fresh or frozen butternut squash
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 3 cups dried fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup light butter with canola oil (Land O Lakes)
    • 3 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. low-fat milk
    • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

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Pizza time mac & cheese

Ingredients

    • 1 cup cubed fresh mozzarella
    • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
    • Basil
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 3 cups dried fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup light butter with canola oil (Land O Lakes)
    • 3 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. low-fat milk
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

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French onion mac & cheese

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese
    • 1 cup caramelized onions
    • 1 cup cubed fresh or frozen butternut squash
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 3 cups dried fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup light butter with canola oil (Land O Lakes)
    • 3 tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. low-fat milk
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

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