Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Macaroni 'n Cheese Sauce

A tasty and filling supper without the guilt!

A few weeks ago the weather turned cold on the day that I expected my Thursday Blessings so I decided to make a favourite meal of mine: Macaroni ‘n Cheese Sauce. This is a diet-friendly recipe (i.e. it’s been adapted ) and does not have the name we’re all used to. Macaroni 'n Cheese Sauce has all the ingredients to make it tasty but I use fat-free milk, lite margarine, and medium fat cheese. The tinned whole tomatoes are all I add when I am alone but for visitors I add a few chopped strips of lightly grilled streaky bacon. This gives it a delicious “smoky” taste (or so I’m told. Ha!)

Optional: Just before the white sauce thickens completely, whip in 1 beaten egg.

Macaroni ‘n Cheese Sauce

280g cooked macaroni
40 ml (2 ½ tablespoons) low fat margarine
40g cake flour
Salt and black pepper
100g medium fat (white) cheddar cheese, grated
410g tin whole tomatoes (chopped)
500ml (2 cups) skimmed milk

Cook macaroni according to package instructions
Heat the margarine in a large saucepan
Add flour and mix to form a roux (smooth paste)
Gradually add the milk to form a white sauce
Add 50g of the cheese to the sauce and simmer till thick
Season with salt and black pepper
Place the macaroni in an ovenproof dish
Spoon tomato over the macaroni, mix in
Pour the cheese sauce over the tomato and pasta
Sprinkle with remaining cheese
Bake in preheated oven at 180 °C (350 ° F) for 20 minutes
Serve with crispy whole wheat rolls and a green salad


  1. macaroni and cheese has been a long time comfort food for me, thanks for sharing your recipe

  2. Thanks Toni, I've always like Macaroni Cheese but it was always full-cream. Now I make this dish in bulk, freeze it in little ramekins as a meal-for-one which I can enjoy when I'm on my own. Thanks for popping in. Hugs Jo

  3. Both of those dishes though old and familiar look delicious!I have not made them for years ,I might give them an airing now. I read your thursday blessing link too,best of luck with the piano exams when they come around.I love all music but do not play an instrument,it is a gift to be able to do so.
    Best wishes

  4. Sounds absolutely delcious, Jo - I've printed the recipe out to try sometime ;)

  5. Hi Peggy, thanks for your visit and comments. The [school] year is speeding to a close here in SA so I may not do my piano lesson in 2008 (dare I say it? YIPPEE!) I should pass it early next year before going on to the next level. Hugs Jo

  6. Hi Lynda, this macaroni and cheese sauce recipe is an absolute WINNER with visitors. I've made it on quite a few occasions when the "occasion" calls for it. Not every formal meal is a success with such a simple dish. Adding the streaky bacon is mandatory and always enjoyed by all. thanks for popping in. Hugs Jo PS My grandchildren love this dish when I make it in little ramekins especially for them.


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