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  • Writer's pictureLouie De Belen

Nutritious & Delicious Mac And Cheese

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

You don't need to feel guilty about enjoying a cheesy pasta dish. This healthy mac and cheese recipe is packed with protein, and it's easy to make. If you're looking for an easy dinner idea that'll keep you full all night long, this is the one!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1(made with reduced fat cheddar cheese)

  • Calories: 395kcal

  • Carbohydrates: 42g

  • Protein: 26g

  • Fat: 17g

  • Saturated Fat: 7g

  • Cholesterol: 38mg

  • Sodium: 354mg

  • Fiber: 10g

  • Sugar: 3g


  • 1 box, 8 oz Chickpea Rotini

  • 4 cups broccoli florets

  • 1 Tablespoon organic butter

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 spreadable cheese wedge

  • 1 1/2 cups 6 oz reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese (more, if needed)*

  • 1 handful chopped baby spinach

  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Boil pasta & broccoli. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add chickpea rotini pasta, return to a boil and cook for a total of 8 minutes, adding in the broccoli florets at the four minute mark. Rinse and drain.

  2. In the same large pot over low/medium heat add butter, milk, salt and pepper. Once butter has melted add in drained pasta and broccoli, spreadable cheese wedge and shredded cheese. Let cheese melt a little, about 30 seconds. Mix well until it's evenly distributed throughout the macaroni noodles, then set aside.

  3. Add in the spinach leaves. It should shredded or chopped finely enough so they don't overwhelm everything else happening here. Toss until wilted.

  4. Serve. Add salt and pepper or a little bit of chili flakes if you want to spice it up!

You can use these ingredients to make a delicious dish that is packed with healthy nutrients!

  • Use legume pasta. Legume pasta is made from beans or lentils, which are high in protein and fiber or you can use whatever pasta you prefer.

  • Choose other veggies. Broccoli and spinach is not for everyone. Feel free to use veggies that you prefer!

Another easy to make recipe on our list! How about you, what's your mac and cheese's secret sauce? Feel free to share it (if you're willing to) on our Instagram or Facebook page or drop other recos on how to amp up the nutrition count in this famous comfort food.

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