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Grandmother's Macaroni and Cheese

Grandmother's Macaroni and Cheese 8.000
Sep 7, 2005

This slimmed-down version of traditional macaroni and cheese is sweet and more akin to a noodle pudding, but it has a definite amount of heat.

The original version contained 615 calories per serving, with 37 grams of fat.

Servings: 8 - 10
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter /margarine substitute such as Smart Balance Buttery Spread, melted
  • 6 egg whites
  • 12 ounces can evaporated skim milk
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese


Prepare the macaroni according to package directions, drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Add the melted butter substitute and mix to combine. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking dish and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the egg whites, evaporated skim milk, sugar, cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce to taste and the salt.

Pour the warm, buttered macaroni into the greased baking dish and add 1 cup of the cheese, stirring to combine. Add the egg mixture and stir until well blended. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the mixture is set. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Adapted by nutritionist Rebecca M. Mohning, from "The Church Ladies' Celestial Suppers & Sensible Advice," by Brenda Rhodes Miller (HP Books, 2004).

Tested by Eric Lieberman.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 10): 398

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 15g 23%

Saturated Fat: 7g 35%

Cholesterol: 33mg 11%

Sodium: 688mg 29%

Total Carbohydrates: 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 22g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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