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creamy noodles with cheese and pepper on them.

Healthy Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: Maggie
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This healthy Mac and cheese has a twist on a classic comfort food. It's packed with iron, fiber and protein. Bonus that it can be made all in the same bowl!


  • 1/2 box cavatappi pasta
  • 1 can northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour (I used white whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used skim milk, might need less depending on the flour you use)
  • 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, packed and shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard, ground
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Boil pasta according to package instructions. Drain, but do not rinse pasta. Set aside. 
  2. Using the same pot, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium low heat. Do not burn. Add in 2 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp of milk. Whisk until smooth mixture. If you are using a wheat flour, you may need to add 2 more tbsp of milk. 
  3. Using a blender, place can of northern beans inside blender and 1/2 cup of vegetable broth. Blend until smooth. 
  4. Using a wooden spoon, add in 1/2 cup of bean mixture to roux in stock pot. Add in 1 cup of cheese and additional skim milk if needed. Continue to heat on medium/low until cheese melts and smooth mixture forms. 
  5. Add in spices (garlic powder, dry mustard, pinch of salt and cracked pepper)
  6. Pour pasta noodles back into the stock pot and gently stir to coat. 
  7. Garnish with additional black pepper and salt. Enjoy immediately 🙂 


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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, lunch
  • Method: boil, saute
  • Cuisine: American
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