Guiltless Baked Mac and Cheese Free PD Recipe & Cooking Video


Kids love this hot and creamy comfort food favorite. Adults can enjoy Guiltless Baked Mac n Cheeze, knowing it is free of all the fat found in the original. The simple breaded topping lends this casserole-style dish a perfect down home finish. This recipe will become a regular weeknight request as you eat your way to a slimmer, healthier you.

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    Comments (23)

    1. posted by Denise on July 16, 2013

      Comfort food at its best! So good!

    2. posted by Ambria wheatley on July 20, 2013

      Awesome dish LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!! I’m nine years old and I learned how to make it today 

    3. posted by Ambria wheatley on July 20, 2013

      Loved it

    4. posted by stoumi on July 23, 2013

      Great recipe! As I sit here typing up this review I am finishing off leftovers from 2 days again. This wasn’t the first Mac n Cheese recipe I have tried. I have attempted a few, which were nothing more than elbow pasta and a cheese sauce I mixed up combined in a pot. Maybe it was the baking that added to the recipe…or the peas, not sure but it was very flavorful. Like other cheese-like recipes, this doesn’t seem to reheat well enough to get that cheesy consistency like you had when you dished up the first bowl right out of the oven. Maybe I am not doing something correctly or Julie has a recommendation.

      I wasn’t in a rush so I made my own bread crumbs, unfortunately I left the bread in the oven a few minutes too long and some of the pieces ended a bit darker than brown, but I didn’t want to compromise and use processed crumbs, I just used these, which can account for a “burnt” taste, but that was solely my fault.

      Overall I liked the dish, so did my son who had a few servings. I used brown rice pasta in the recipe and unsweetened soymilk. I will be making this again. Another wonderful creation. Thanks Julie!

    5. posted by Julie Marie on July 26, 2013

      The left overs reheat beautifully if you add a little water or more rice or soymilk and use whole wheat pasta. The brown rice pasta is very very very absorbent. If you make any dishes with it such as Creamy Macaroni Salad or Spinach Lasagna expect it to have little or no sauce the next day. Rice pasta will absorb all the sauce.

    6. posted by PlantstronginTEXAS on July 26, 2013

      This recipe is delicious!!!!!! I only made half the recipe and it was plenty for my family of 4. The cheese sauce is easy to make and super yummy!!! You can’t go wrong with this healthy comfort food dish. I did make few changes using Panko crumbs on top and baking it for only 10 min and then broiling to brown . ( I did not want it to dry out in oven) Thanks Julie!!!!!!!

    7. posted by Alicia Jackson on August 20, 2013

      Delicious! There is nothing like mac n’ cheese. One of the things I love about your recipes is that they are simple to make with a few ingredients but they taste so much better than other more complicated and time-consuming vegan recipes I’ve tried. Thank you, Julie!

    8. posted by lori h on August 28, 2013

      Making this again tonight. It really never gets old. I added a small bag of peas and carrots since I did not have a bag of just peas. Turned out wonderfull. Also, only used 1/2 cup of the nutritional yeast since I ran out and I don’t feel the taste was compromised. Passed the husband and kid test. Another winner!

    9. posted by Denise on October 1, 2013

      I’ve made this so many times now. It’s become one of my favorite recipes because it’s so quick, easy, and yummy! I use different types of pasta (spaghetti is a favorite), and I usually skip the bread topping. Yesterday I was in a hurry, and didn’t even bake it at all; I just cooked it on the stove top. It was still amazing. Such a versatile recipe!

    10. posted by April Mast on November 13, 2013

      This was so good! Both kids and my husband loved it! I doubled the bread topping, he begged me to. Thank you!!

    11. posted by newhopeden on November 18, 2013

      Very easy to make and tastes delicious! I’m sure this will be in my regular rotation and will try different add in veggies next time. I’m thinking peas & carrots, broccoli, spinach (the possibilities are endless) 🙂

    12. posted by Penny on December 1, 2013

      Made this as soon as I could (even though we had lots of Thanksgiving leftovers) and it was just as good as everything else I have tried of Julie’s , this will be in my rotation!

    13. posted by Wendy Bellows on December 8, 2013

      absolutely love it! came out perfectly except for a few burnt breadcrumbs – not a big deal.

    14. posted by veganinblack on February 8, 2014

      just made this with the Foursome from Trader Joes, organic corn, carrots, peas and green beans. i didnt bake it but let it sit on the stovetop for a bit before i ate some. im going to pack up a few servings and freeze them for easy lunches.

    15. posted by heidi ferguson on March 9, 2014

      I love how quickly this comes together! 🙂

    16. posted by Ilana Cember on July 19, 2014

      Fyi, you can use wheat germ as a topping instead of bread crumbs. Easy and toasts wonderfully.

    17. posted by deskjockie on September 28, 2014

      Julie Marie, you’ll love this…we have our 5-year-old grandson for the weekend, and I was wracking my brain for simple PD recipes that would appeal to a child who eats mostly chicken nuggets and fish sticks, but who does like salad. I made the Guiltless Mac n Cheeze with a side of peas and carrots, and after he tasted it, he said, “Let’s have this EVERY TIME Grandma – I LOVE it!”

    18. posted by rob cohn on November 8, 2014

      I am making this today! We are so excited. 🙂

    19. posted by deb dendinger on September 5, 2016

      This is so delicious! I added broccoli, and shredded carrots along with the peas and topped it off with the topping from the jalapeño popper recipe. Mmmmm

    20. posted by Angel on September 14, 2016

      I made this dish today and it was a hit! The bread crumbs add a nice touch and flavor. May add broccoli next time!!

    21. posted by Christina Furlow on July 8, 2019

      This was Delicious! Not exactly like macaroni & cheese, but I was really pleased with this meal. It reminds me more of the white Stouffers veggie lasagna, but better because this one doesn’t leave me heavy and bloated.

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