Skillet baked macaroni and cheese – the delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!
Folks I think you’re going to love my healthier version skillet baked macaroni and cheese.
I mean everybody has their own favourite version of macaroni and cheese haven’t they?
There is nothing wrong with this good old fashioned mealtime staple except sometimes that creamy cheese sauce can be just a little heavy on the butter and flour side, can’t it?
However, don’t get yourself all worried here because I’m certainly not going to remove that classic cheesy cream sauce as that would be sacrilege and then I might as well rename the recipe as well!
Nope all I’m going to do here is show you just how I make my favourite version and how you too can make it a little healthier using no butter, no oil, a lower fat cheese and skimmed milk.
Not only is this a healthier version but you can cut back on the number of dishes you have to wash up.
Instead of one pan for the macaroni, one pan for the cheese sauce and a casserole dish for baking the recipe, you’ll just need one pan to boil your macaroni and your skillet for making the cheese sauce in and then baking the actual cheese and macaroni mixture in the oven.
Folks, I think you’ll agree with me that having less dishes to wash up is a bonus. I mean a quick healthy meal wouldn’t be any good if it then meant spending loads of time standing at the sink cleaning dishes after would it?
And it’s me doing all the dishes here anyway because Lady Lynne and I have an agreement where I do all the cooking and dishes and she cleans the house. So, as you can imagine any recipes that cut down on time as well as dish washing get my vote!
I used to use a casserole dish but with my new skillet I decided to try out a skillet baked macaroni and cheese version and it worked! In fact I like doing it this way better, and that’s not just because of the less dishes situation!
How I Make My Skillet Baked Macaroni And Cheese Healthier
This is a delicious creamy cheese sauce that I’ve been using for a number of years now instead of the full fat buttery cheese sauce I used to use. It honestly doesn’t really taste any different from the original and it certainly hasn’t stopped Lady Lynne and I enjoying this, one of our all time favourite recipes!
But what it has stopped and also helped us reduce was our expanding waistlines! 🙂
Neil’s Healthy Meals – Site Update
Folks before today’s recipe please just allow me to give an update on where I am with finishing off the site updates I mentioned previously. I feel like celebrating a little so join me if you will!!
It’s taken me nearly a year to re-write all of my recipe posts, to make them more user friendly and to move them to the new recipe card, WP recipe maker.
During that time, I’ve also added new recipe photography to many older recipes.
This meant that for many weeks I was only able to publish one new recipe per week. But now I’m slowly getting back to publishing again on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
There are still a handful of recipes to have photography updated but that’s OK, the main thing was for all recipes to be transferred to the new recipe card format.
I just wanted to say thanks again for staying the course. Hopefully you like the new recipe card format and the fact that there are two updates again most weeks from Neil’s healthy meals! 🙂
Skillet baked macaroni and cheese. The delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!
- 200 g macaroni
- 350 ml skimmed milk
- 15 g corn flour mixed with 2 tbsp cold water
- ½ tsp red chilli powder (optional)
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
- 100 g reduced fat grated cheddar cheese + a little extra for topping
- Preheat oven to 180C Fan
- Place macaroni in boiling salted water and cook according to packet instructions then drain.
- While the macaroni is cooking place skimmed milk and corn flour mixture into skillet and heat gently stirring constantly until white sauce thickens then season to taste.
- Gradually stir cheese into white sauce until completely combined and no longer lumpy. Then add the chilli powder (tasting to preferred level of heat).
- Add drained macaroni to the cheese sauce, give it a stir until well combined then bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Serve with a fresh green salad.
Right, so with all that said, as I mentioned in the Hawaii update on Tuesday and also above there will be two new recipes next week. Oven baked fish puffs on Tuesday, which is a delicious healthy budget fish recipe and then on Thursday a fantastic new “grab and go” raisin oat breakfast muffins recipe.
For now enjoy this skillet baked macaroni and cheese and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.
Catch you later! 🙂
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