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Create-Your-Own Macaroni & Cheese January 9, 2011

Create-Your-Own Macaroni & Cheese

Jamie says:  My Mom used to make us Campbell’s Crispy Macaroni & Cheese.  It’s was a favorite in our house.  K and I have also made this recipe in college many times.  Over the years, we’ve made a few variations to the original recipe (such as the addition of vegetables and the substitution of sautéed onions for trans-fat-laden fried onions).  

Create-Your-Own Macaroni & Cheese


  • 3 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 cans Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Healthy Request Soup
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp mustard (i.e. spicy brown mustard)
  • 1/8 tsp pepper (freshly ground)
  • 4 cups shredded cheese (i.e. Cheddar or Four Cheese Mexican Blend)
  • 4 heads (1 package) of broccoli
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion (i.e. Vidalia onion), medium
  • 9 oz fresh spinach


  • In a large pot, bring water to a rapid boil.  Add macaroni.  Cook for 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.  In a large baking dish, mix canned soup, milk, mustard, pepper, and 3 cups of cheese (reserving 1 cup of cheese).  Add macaroni, mix well, and bake for about 25 minutes or until hot.
  • Meanwhile, wash broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces, and place pieces in a vegetable steamer with a lid.  Cook for about 25 minutes or until soft.
  • Slice onion.  Cut slices in half.  Add onion to a large saute pan, with about 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.  Cook for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Steam spinach in a pot with a vegetable steamer and a lid for about 3 minutes or until wilted.
  • Serve yourself a portion of macaroni and cheese.  Create your own macaroni and cheese by choosing broccoli, onions, and/or spinach to mix into your bowl.  Enjoy!  Serves: 6.

Hot and cheesy.  A favorite!

  • Nutrition note:  Make some of your favorite meals healthier by adding vegetables.  For example, add veggies to pasta, pizza, and chili.

One Response to “Create-Your-Own Macaroni & Cheese”

  1. juan Says:

    Mac-N-Cheese mmmmmmm. Such a comfort to know that a dish a simple as mac and cheese can be loved by so many. I enjoy putting can tuna, with broccoli, or get fancy and add some lobster to the dish. Keep up the good work girls i really enjoy your updates. Juan

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