Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, February 24, 2012

Light Laughing Cow® Mac n'Cheese


Who doesn't love the tangy creaminess of Laughing Cow® wedges?


The other day I received a package from the people at Laughing Cow Cheese! (The Laughing Cow® provided me with product for this review for free. However, the opinions and photos are exclusively mine) What was inside was a recipe and the ingredients to make a really delicious, easy, and comforting macaroni and cheese dish.  Having used Laughing Cow Cheese in my lighter cooking quest in the past many times, and in fact, a package of Light Laughing Cow Cheese is almost ALWAYS in my fridge, I was really excited to try the recipe!


I only needed to tweak the original recipe a bit, by replacing the 1% milk with skim milk (because that is what I buy), reducing the butter to 1 TBS and by adding a few dashes of garlic powder.  I reworked the nutrition information to reflect my changes,  and it worked out to 7 points+ for 1 cup or 1/4 of the prepared recipe.  (* Please note that the original nutrition information on the recipe card does not reflect the fiber in the pasta, which for this particular pasta, is 5g per serving.  Make sure the whole wheat pasta you use has 5g fiber per serving to keep the nutritional information I provide accurate.)


I have to tell you, even with the few changes I made...this dish is a keeper.  The sauce is rich and creamy and cheesy.  My boys, including my husband, gave this mac n' cheese two thumbs up on taste.  The preparation could not be easier either!  Which is always a bonus! 

So thank you to Laughing Cow for this great recipe!!! Be sure to check out their website HERE for other great recipes and ideas using Laughing Cow Cheese.   I am already trying to figure out the next time I can fit this into my weekly menus!


Light Laughing Cow®  Mac n' Cheese
adapted from The The Laughing Cow® 


Servings - 4   Serving Size - approx. 1 cup (1/4th of recipe)   Points Plus per Serving - 7 Points+
Calories - 299.1,   Total Fat - 6.5g,   Carb. - 44.6g,   Protein - 14.7g,   Fiber - 5g


8 oz. uncooked whole wheat rotini noodles ( I used 365 whole wheat fusilli ) 
3 wedges of The Laughing Cow® Light Creamy Swiss Cheese
3/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup skim milk
1 TBS. unsalted butter
salt and pepper, to taste
dash garlic powder ( optional ) 


Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain excess water, but not until completely dry.  Unwrap The Laughing Cow®  Light Cheese Wedges, and add to pan you cooked pasta in along with reduced fat cheddar cheese, milk, and butter and garlic powder, if using.  Add back in pasta and stir until the cheeses are all melted into a thickened cheesy sauce.  ( I actually let the mixture start to melt in the pan before I added back in the pasta...and used the heat of the stove to help)  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  


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As I have said, we really enjoyed this dish.  I do love Laughing Cow®  cheese.  I can only imagine how creative you could get with subbing some of their awesome flavors, like mozzarella and sundried tomatoes or garlic and herbs, for the creamy swiss!  

This recipe is great as a meatless main dish, or as a side dish ( decrease the serving size to 1/2 cup).  You could easily add some veggies and some grilled chicken for a great lower cal pasta dish too!
Quick, Easy, Delicious!  

21 comments:

  1. Looks so creamy and yummy. What a great weeknight dish!

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  2. I LOVE mac n cheese! Just added this to my week's menu plan. Can't wait to try this.

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  3. I love laughing cow cheese! It's so great as a small snack with my crackers in the afternoon before I work out :) This is such a great way to use it in cooking LOVE IT!

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  4. This is SUCH a fun recipe! Sending it to my Aunt whose doing WW!!

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  5. I bet my kids would like this! I love LC Cheese wedges! I got a similar pkg but with a different pasta and recipe! How fun!

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Awesome! What an ingenious way to lighten up a comfort food classic. Looks way better than the blue box to me.

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  7. This looks so good! I love Laughing Cow cheese and always have it in my fridge too!

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  8. What a great idea to use Laughing Cow Cheese for your pasta sauce! I can't wait to try it with the chipotle flavored one. Thank you!

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  9. I like the idea of using Laughing Cow Cheese for a classic macaroni and cheese dish. My loved ones in the household eat it all the time. It's one of their favourite. I think they will be plesantly surprised with this. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. This looks SOOOOO good Renee. I have bookmarked and will make it sometime soon!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. I made this for dinner tonight & it was so quick, easy and really good! Thanks for your yummy recipes!

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    1. Thank you for the review and so glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. Hi, Renee! We make your Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup recipe for dinner this evening and just wanted to tell you it was fabulous! Even my husband liked it. :) Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you for your review!! I'm glad it was a hit at your house! I am going to post a link to that particular post below just in case someone reads it and wants to find the recipe!

      http://mykitchenadventures1.blogspot.com/2011/01/crockpot-tuscan-sausage-and-bean-soup.html

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  13. This does sound delicious! It's too late to be dreaming of mac and cheese. Oh the things you do to me. ;)

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  14. I just made this & it didn't turn out so great. I let all the cheese melt before adding back in the noodles & as it melted, it ended up clumping. So it's not creamy at all. Maybe I should have added the pasta back in sooner. It still tastes ok, just a strange consistency. I may try this again w/ elbow macaroni & add it back in before all the cheese is melted.

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    1. I'm sorry it clumped. The directions above are exactly as Laughing Cow provided them, and I didn't have any problems. I hope it comes out better for you next time! Glad it still tasted good and thanks for the feedback.

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  15. Renee, this #MacandCheese version has my mouth watering. I'm looking forward to giving it a go. The Hubby loves mac and cheese but I don't make it because of the calories. Now I have no excuse! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by KC! yeah, 300 calories is a bargain for mac and cheese. Laughing cow knows what it's doing when it comes to creamy lowfat cheese!

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