Thursday, August 4, 2011

Healthify Your Summer with Fage! Recipe 3: Macaroni and Cheese

Our Healthify Your Summer with Fage Total Greek Yogurt Series continues with the third recipe in the summer series and it's a personal favorite! Macaroni & Cheese is definitely a comfort food for me, and something I already know I would never be willing to give up, but I am definitely open to ways to make this favorite healthier and Fage did just that! A small substitution makes this recipe not only healthier, but sacrifices absolutely nothing in taste. It comes out just as creamy and delicious as you want your Mac & Cheese to be, I've already tried this recipe out on family and they had no idea there was a yogurt substitution in my recipe! So if your kiddos are Mac N Cheese lovers, here is a great way to sneak in some Yogurt and they won't be able to tell the difference (you can even sneak in some veggies!).

FAGE (pronounced “fah-yeh”) is known for Total, the authentic Greek strained yogurt. This summer, Ascending Butterfly and FAGE Total takes you on a mouthwatering journey from plainly plain to plain extraordinary!

FAGE Total Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese

@Photo by Yder Laya




Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - 8 ounces Elbow Macaroni
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 cup Onion, finely diced
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 cup Red Pepper, finely diced
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 cup Butter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 ½ cup Whole Milk, warm
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 cup FAGE Total Classic
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 10 ounces Cheddar Cheese, grated
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 cup FAGE Total Classic
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 2 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 2 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add elbow macaroni and cook for 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Warm the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Add red pepper and salt and continue cooking until vegetables soften. Remove from heat and reserve.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2 quart casserole.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add flour, stir and continue to cook for 2 minutes or so. Gradually whisk in warm milk and yogurt, whisking constantly to keep smooth. Add nutmeg. Bring to a low simmer and remove from heat. Stir in 10 ounces of cheddar cheese. Whisk until smooth. Add remaining 1/2 cup yogurt and Tabasco. Combine macaroni, onion mix and cheese sauce and transfer to prepared casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Combine remaining cheddar cheese, feta and bread crumbs. Remove casserole from oven and top with crumb/cheese mix. Return to oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.

Recipe created by Edward Magel on behalf of Fage Total Greek Yogurt

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FTC Disclosure Information: I attended a hands on cooking session at the International Culinary Council as a guest of Fage Total Yogurt, I was taught how to make the recipes I am sharing on my blog, I am under no obligation to do so. This is a non-compensated post. This is a non-sponsored post. As someone who has shed 26 pounds via lifestyle changes, I love to share those tips and tricks with my readers.


  1. If it tastes half as good as what the pic looks like this must be delicious

  2. oh man that looks delicious!!!

  3. @Nancy - It is definitely delicious!

    @chichijunk - I'm thinking of another bowl full myself!

    @zombie - Would you substitute the Yogurt or Feta for BRAINS!?!?! LOL

    ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  4. This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!