Lightened-Up Philly Cheese Steak Mac and Cheese Bake

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total50 min
  • Ingredients8
  • Servings8

Watching your waistline doesn’t mean you have to miss out on comfort food! Our lightened-up version of mac and cheese still features all of the creaminess you’ve come to expect with your mac, but does it in less than 400 calories per serving, AND adds a Philly Cheese Steak spin.

Ingredients

8
oz uncooked large elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)
1
lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
2
cups thinly sliced yellow onions
2
medium green bell peppers, cut in thin strips
1
tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning
1
package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), cubed
1/2
cup Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
2
cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Steps

  • 1Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Cook macaroni to al dente; drain as directed on package.
  • 2Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef, onions, bell peppers and steak seasoning over medium-high heat 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are tender; do not drain. Remove from heat. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Stir in hot macaroni and broth.
  • 3Pour macaroni mixture into baking dish; top with Cheddar cheese.
  • 4Cover with foil. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is hot (at least 165°F in center) and Cheddar cheese is melted.

Expert Tips

  • We used large elbow macaroni for this recipe, but standard-sized elbow macaroni works fine, too.
  • Like a little heat? Top with sliced pickled banana peppers.

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