Light Laughing Cow® Mac n'Cheese | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, February 24, 2012

Light Laughing Cow® Mac n'Cheese

This Laughing Cow® Mac n' Cheese recipe is full of creamy cheesy goodness. Made on the stove top, it's a one pot mac and cheese that makes a perfect main dish or side dish for any meal! If you are a fan of The Laughing Cow® cheese wedges, then this easy mac and cheese recipe is for YOU!

Laughing Cow Mac N Cheese in bowl, ready to eat


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


The other day I received a lovely 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 for creamy mac and cheese and the ingredients to make it! Having used Laughing Cow Cheese wedges in the past many times, I was really excited to try this recipe. In fact, a package of Laughing Cow Cheese is almost ALWAYS in my fridge. 


Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges on a red background


This mac and cheese made with Laughing Cow couldn't be any easier. It makes a creamy mac and cheese that is mildly flavored. If you like the cheese sauce more loose, you can add more milk. 


You can use original laughing cow cheese wedges in this recipe, or lighten it up with the light version. Or you can get fancy and use some of the great Laughing Cow Cheese flavors like Creamy Spicy Pepper Jack


This post has been updated since it first appeared on this blog. But if you like the original recipe that was here before updating, don't worry. I have it posted below. However, the recipe in the recipe card now reflects using higher fat content ingredients and the nutritional information reflects those changes. 

Light Laughing Cow Mac n'Cheese Ingredients

  • 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 ) 
Follow cooking directions as described in recipe card below. 

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

Light Laughing Cow Mac and Cheese ready to eat in a bowl
Original Photo of Light Laughing Cow Mac n'Cheese from this post prior to updating! 


How to make Laughing Cow Mac n' Cheese

Begin by cooking pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain pasta. 

In same pot you cooked pasta in, add in the Laughing Cow Cheese wedges, milk, shredded cheese, and butter. I use the heat from the stove with the burner off to help melt everything. 

Laughing Cow Mac and cheese process. Cheese melting in pan.

Next, add the hot pasta and stir until the cheese is completly melted. Season with salt and pepper, and garlic powder, if using. 

Laughing Cow Mac and Cheese process, pasta in pan ready to be coated in cheese sauce

Even with the few changes I made to lighten it up above...this dish is a keeper.  The sauce is creamy and mildly 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. If you haven't cooked with Laughing Cow Cheese before, this is a great recipe to start with.

Laughing Cow Mac and Cheese ready to eat on a serving spoon



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Laughing Cow Mac and Cheese, Mac and Cheese with Laughing Cow
Side dish, pasta
American
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Laughing Cow Mac n' Cheese

Laughing Cow Mac n' Cheese

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min
A one pot Mac and Cheese recipe made with Laughing Cow cheese wedges.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. uncooked pasta
  • 4 wedges of The Laughing Cow® Creamy Swiss Cheese
  • 2 TBS. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • dash garlic powder ( optional )

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in colander. 
  2. To hot pan, add the Laughing Cow Cheese wedges, butter, milk, and cheddar cheese. Let the heat of the pan begin to melt the mixture. 
  3. Add the pasta back to the pan and stir until all the cheeses and butter are completely melted and the pasta is covered in sauce. You can add more milk if needed. 
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, if using. 

Notes:

If you want to reduce calories further in this recipe, use the ingredients listed in text below for a lighter version.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

593.94

Fat (grams)

32.96

Sat. Fat (grams)

19.01

Carbs (grams)

46.50

Fiber (grams)

1.85

Net carbs

44.65

Sugar (grams)

2.15

Protein (grams)

27.68

Sodium (milligrams)

573.41

Cholesterol (grams)

92.42

Nutritional Information provided is an estimate.

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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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