Mac ‘n Cheese, Please!

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Celebrity Trainer Heidi Powell gives us a healthy gluten free recipe for Mac n' Cheese - Get the recipe at
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!

120 Responses

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

  2. 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!

    1. 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. πŸ˜‰

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

  4. This was Amazing made it last night!! I need more amazing recipes!! I think Ive done almost every one of these πŸ˜‰

  5. So close to the way we make it, think we’ll try this. I’m going to try and sneak in pur?ed cauliflower instead of the squash though, only because I have it and no one will eat it πŸ™‚

  6. Love, Love, Love this recipe!!! Added chicken tonight for protein… MMMmmm.. Yummy! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  7. 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 !

    1. 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. πŸ™‚

  8. 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!

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!!!

  11. 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! πŸ™‚

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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

  18. I just made mac & cheese today, the totally unhealthy version. I’m glad I saw this way, I can try it tomorrow πŸ™‚

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

  20. 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

  21. 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!

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

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!!

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

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  30. Hi!
    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!


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

  32. 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?

    1. 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.

  33. 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

    1. 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.

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

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