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Mac ‘n Cheese, Please!

POSTED ON May 15, 2013

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Celebrity Trainer Heidi Powell gives us a healthy gluten free recipe for Mac n' Cheese - Get the recipe at http://HeidiPowell.net/1473

Heidi’s Gluten Free Mac n’ Cheese

Who doesn’t love mac ‘n cheese? I have good news for you – you don’t have to kiss this one goodbye to stay on your nutritional track. Nope! This Powell Pack favorite is a healthier twist on the dish so many of us crave (I’m guilty!). Enjoy!

Mama Heidi’s Mac ‘n Cheese
Serves 8

1 package gluten free macaroni pasta (brown rice or quinoa pastas work well!)
1 1/2 cups pureed butternut squash
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons non-fat, plain Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded part-skim Cheddar (preferably sharp)
1/2 cup grated or shredded part-skim jack cheese
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Small amount shredded Parmesan, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. If your butternut squash is not already pureed, cut the butternut squash in half, cover in plastic wrap and microwave about 7-9 minutes until cooked. (You can also cut your peeled butternut squash into 1″ cubes and boil till cooked, then puree.)
  3. Cook the pasta according to package directions, until it is al dente.
  4. In a large pan over medium-high heat, add the butternut squash puree, milk, butter, and yogurt and stir until well mixed. Bring to a simmer.
  5. When the puree begins to simmer, slowly start adding the cheeses, mixing the entire time. As the cheese melts and the sauce begins to thicken, season with a little salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Slowly add in the macaroni, stirring to coat all of the pasta in cheese sauce. Transfer the mixture to an oven-safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven. Let the casserole rest for about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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Chrissy Fratzel says:

Can you recommend another milk? We have severe allergies to tree nuts in the house, so almond milk is out. Thanks!

admin says:

You’d have to experiment. I haven’t tried anything else.

Donna says:

I just made this for dinner tonight. I was wondering why my house smelled of vanilla….Uh, I bought VANILLA unsweetened Almond milk. Ooops. I guess we will see how it tastes. LOL!

Kim says:

So is this an approved high carb meal even with cheese?

Admin1 says:

This is a healthier take on the traditional Mac n’ Cheese recipes however I’d save it for a reward day rather than a high carb day. ;)

Anne says:

Merci pour cette recette!

Rosangela says:

How would this work with Chris’ carb cycling program?
Obviously it would be a high carb but would it be a side?

Karen says:

Sprinkled shaved unsalted almonds on top. My new fav way to eat mac-n-cheese!

Heather says:

I’ve got a nut allergy. What would be a good alternative to the almond milk?

Admin1 says:

Rice milk is a good alternative. If you can do soy then soy milk would work as well.

Amanda Renee says:

This was Amazing made it last night!! I need more amazing recipes!! I think Ive done almost every one of these ;)

Gabriela tucker says:

So close to the way we make it, think we’ll try this. I’m going to try and sneak in puréed cauliflower instead of the squash though, only because I have it and no one will eat it :)

Maria Awad says:

thanks for the recipe! It is much healthier than regular mac n cheese

Tina Francis says:

Love, Love, Love this recipe!!! Added chicken tonight for protein… MMMmmm.. Yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

Scott Valpey says:

I added lobster for protein… Major Yum!

kate says:

I am confused about this mac and cheese recipe. This is carbs+ fat. Isn’t that a
no-no? Please, it would be helpful if when posting a recipe you would say which day it belongs on. HC or LC ? And in pasta recipes where it says 1/2 c. cooked is that dry measurement or the cooked measurement per serving.

I am new at this so I do want to get it right !

thanks so much for all you do !

Admin1 says:

This is a healthy recipe for families. It’s not all about weight loss on my website but also about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You could use this on a reward day. :)

Ali says:

Wow Heidi, this is delish!!!! We loved it, and my 3 yr old had seconds! Thank you!!!

nikki schneider says:

Heidi you rock! I made this for our family the night before my hub and I ran Tough Mudder, and it was a wonderful pre race meal that everyone (including my two kids) loved! I wrote it down and added to my recipe box immediately. Thank you!

Frankyne says:

I’m not much of cook, but this recipe looks good. How many calories per serving?

This is going into my personal recipe book.

Cathy Wanner says:

Wow Healthy Mac N Cheese? Who’d a thunk there was a Healthy way to eat Mac N Cheese! Thanks for all you do! Can’t wait to try the recipe!!

Heather Whitney says:

sounds amazing I am going to try and make this on Sunday!

Anne debisschop says:

Glad to see a recipe for a healthier version of one of my favorite comfort foods. :)

sarah says:

this just made my day! I cant wait to get out of work and head over to get everything that is needed to make this for dinner!! I cant remember the last time i have Mac n Cheese! Im so wicked happy right now!!!

Nakia W. says:

I have been looking for a healthy alternative to my regular mac & cheese recipe which was very high in fat and calories. Thanks for sharing this Heidi! :)

Cindy H. says:

This recipe sounds delicious and definitely creative!! I love the healthier aspect of the ingredients. Thank you!!

Tracy J says:

Yes, healthy way to ear mac and cheese, will have to give it a try.

Butternut squash?? THat sounds FANTASTIC! Pinning!

Katie says:

Yummo!! I think this will be dinner tonight.

Mary Thomis says:

Thanks for a healthier way to make this comfort food fave!

Sean Ryle says:

Awe yeah! Love Mac n cheese! I’m going to try this one tonight!

Alisa says:

are you serious! !!!. my favorite.

Elissa Ross says:

Looks amazing!!!!

Kayla Spencer says:

Wow! Finally!!!! A Mac n Cheese that’s healthy! I crave it ALL the time! Thank you Thank you!

Heidi says:

My son has been asking for Mac and cheese, I’m so glad I found your version, so I can make it healthier!

Sally says:

This looks delish!! I love mac N cheese!! Another one I have to try :)

Ariel says:

MAC AND CHEESE!!!yes I was yelling haha thank you for sharing a healthy version. I have just started my lifestyle change and love to find new ways to still have my comfort foods.

Grace says:

Sounds yummy!

Tammy says:

I’m so excited there is a healthier version! Thanks for being a healthy Mixologist for us!

Tiffiney says:

Thank you for this!!! Yum!

Patti Norris says:

Definitely bookmarking this one. Mac & cheese has always been a favorite and now with this recipe made over with healthy ingredients I won’t feel guilty having this once in a while. Thanks Chris & Heidi.

lindsey palmberg says:

Oh goodness looks yummy and M&C is a favorite in my house im so glad there is a healthy version. :) will have to look into trying this one!!

Rachel Bailey says:

I need to make this! My kids keep begging for mac and cheese (which we don’t eat) Maybe we can now!

Brianna Godfrey says:

Yum! Trying it with quinoa this weekend!!!

Lindsey says:

I’m definitely going to try this!! I love you guys and you both inspire me on so many levels you have no idea! Been a fan since season 1, never miss an episode! My whole family has weight issues as do I have some so I will be sharing this. Thanks again

Karlisa says:

I can’t wait to try this!! I love Mac & Cheese & I was sad to see it go!! Thanks Heidi!!

Brandon says:

You just saved my life no joke! !

Joann Boswell says:

My daughters favorite, thanks!

Crystal says:

Must try this need to get my family eating healthier

Heather says:

Wow think I could get my cakes to eat that… My cakes is my 20 month old :)

Laurie says:

Love that your recipes are easy to make and don’t call for ingredients that are impossible to find!

Casey says:

Mac n’ Cheese is one of my favorite meals, I must try this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

Bobbi Bouge says:

Omg I love you for this.

Monica Reaser says:

I just made mac & cheese today, the totally unhealthy version. I’m glad I saw this way, I can try it tomorrow :)

Trevon McClure says:

I’ll be making this for sure!

Belda Covington says:

Love Mac n Cheese and this looks yummy


I love Mac and cheese. Love to get new healthy recipes to eat one of my favorites.

Michele Aguilar says:

Omg of course I see this on my lunch break ….. Tummy growling, thank you for the recipe much love from Canada <3

Alycia says:

My family loves homemade mac n cheese – I am going to try this recipe next time!

Ashley Antosh says:

Oh my goodness….. O_O I know what I’m having for dinner!!! THIS.

Lauren DeBord says:

I am def going to try this! I’m a single parent of a 3 & 5 year old & Im always looking for healthier ways to make the foods kids love. Thanks

sarah says:

this sounds really good I think I’ll make it tomorrow night YUM

emilie p says:

ooh. this sounds great =)

Laura Wright says:

Wow! As a Mac ‘n Cheese family we’ll have to try this one!

Mandy ell says:

Made this, so yummy!!!

Laura says:

Can’t wait to try this on my kids and see what they think!! Love this!

Amy says:

I love mac n cheese! This looks great, I will be trying this with my family soon! Hopefully it will be a hit!

Misty says:

This looks sooooooo good!!!

Sharilynn knight says:

Mac n cheese looks yummy. I have been searching for Mac n cheese but my god it’s too high calories and overall. I though no no til I saw Chris talking and proudly mention abt u often so I decide to check you out. I saw this food I was like ahh finally found right one so I’m gonna try this this weekend! Thank you Helen!

Mary Miller says:

Im thinking I’m trying this this weekend and if it passes the kids’…..Ill make it for next Saturday’s Church Potluck event!

This looks like a must try!!

Malissa says:

I am making this tonight. I can’t wait!

Debra G. says:

this looks yummy thanks for sharing

Brittany Bingley says:

Heidi you’re a genius I’m trying this tonight for dinner :)

Tonya Varney says:

I need to try to make this some time without telling the hubs lol…. It sounds delicious and is by far my fave food.

Susan says:

This would be good with spaghetti squash

bridget P says:

I adore, ADORE mac and cheese!! Since joining weight watchers at the beginning of summer I have been looking longingly at pasta and the boxes of mac and cheese on my shelf!! I am excited for this recipe and want to try it! Do you nutrition info or ww points for this? Thanks in adavance!

I am going to try this tonight! My daughter loves Quinoa! (comment #3)

Traci says:

This sounds awesome, I do love Mac & Cheese plus sneaking in a little vegetable that my nephew hasn’t tried yet is a great idea too! Thx for the recipe.

debra carter says:

Down 32! Totally will try this and I hope to win the book too!

Christophet Lehnherr says:

What are the nutrition facts?

Tandi V says:

I can’t wait to try this recipe. Another one of my weaknesses….Pasta!

Lindsey Lail says:

I love this post!!! I have been eating clean for over a year and I love finding new recipes to replicate my favorite “comfort foods”. Thank you for sharing!!

Jennifer Stauffer says:

I’ve tried this one…it’s AMAZING! Thanks Heidi for sharing!

April Stumbough says:

I am so excited to try this! We have a little one that is a picky eater, but she does love Mac n cheese:) Can’t wait to try this version!

Crystal says:

Woohoo thanks Heidi! Can’t wait to try this

Catherine Foster says:

OH my goodness!!! I need more of this in my life, ASAP!!!

David Alger says:

This sounds amazing! I have not had pasta in over a year based on the diet plan I was on! Can’t wait to try it!

Excited to try this! The Garlic Parmesan chicken was so good I am hoping this is just a good! Thanks so much for help us get healthy!

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Kylee says:

We LOVE mac & cheese. Will have to try this ASAP!! Thanks, Heidi!

Julian says:

My wife and me love Mac and Cheese! Do you have this recipe in a vegan style? That would be awesome!

Lovely greetz from Germany!


admin says:

Unfortunately not, but I’m sure you could experiment!

Sharon says:

Loved this recipe. Had to vary it as couldn’t get skimmed jack cheese in UK but went down well with the family x

Kalyan Zacharias says:

How would this fir into the carb cycling plan?

admin says:

Perfect for guilt free day – treat without going totally unhealthy!

Heather Ibey says:

I’m assuming that if you are carb cycling this would be a free/reward day meal since it is pasta & cheese. How much is a serving since it has other “stuff” besides the pasta?

admin says:

See the back of your pasta box for what is considered a serving as there are so many shapes of pasta.

Caroline Lisby says:

Looks good!!

Jennifer gonzalez says:

Yay! Gluten free so I can have some! Going to try this recipe this weekend! Thank u Heidi!

Jennifer says:

What temp do you bake it at? 350?

admin says:

Preheat and cook at 400*. Enjoy!

Carrie Jones says:

This looks really yummy! Must try :)

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admin says:

Stax is under redevelopment. Watch for the new version coming soon!

Mary says:

Yummmmmmmmm I can’t wait to try this :) I’m so excited about your website!!!! I just love it :)

Kelsie Arnett says:

Making this right now! Smells delicious and the sauce was so good!

Tanya says:

Does this fit into the carb cycle plan anywhere? Since there is fat and carbs???

admin says:

This is an excellent recipe for the entire family since its a healthier version of what may be typically served, or to enjoy on a guilt free/reward day.

Dini says:

Do you know the fat, carbs protein, fiber? I am on weight watchers and need to know to see how many points? Thanks in advance

admin says:

It will vary depending on your brand of pasta and such. Simply add up the measurements/numbers off of your ingredients and divide it by the # of portions to get the most accurate info.

Kevin says:

What kind of butter is used, salted or unsalted?

admin says:

You could use either. We typically use unsalted at our house.

Morgan says:

How many calories per serving??

admin says:

It will vary depending on the brand/type of pasta. Check the back of your ingredient boxes for an accurate measurement. Enjoy!

liba says:

Do you think I can try to make this with spaghetti squash?

admin says:

Try it and let us know how it goes!

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