Skinny Chili Cheese Mac

This Skinny Chili Cheese Mac will surprise you with how healthy it is and how delicious! It's all the comforts of cheeseburger macaroni but with a lot less fat & calories. I'll take that!


This dish reminds me a lot of the old Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper but with tomatoes added. It's cheesy and creamy - and very easy to make! 


And I got to use my $2 estate sale Dutch oven! First I browned some ground turkey & seasonings - then added broth, water and tomatoes. Then I added macaroni and covered until the macaroni was done.



While the noodles were cooking, heat the milk and cream cheese in a separate saucepan. You just keep stirring until it all melts. Stir stir stir - then take it off the heat and add in shredded cheddar - stir stir stir.  Once the sauce is ready you add it to your macaroni mixture and stir! Come on - you gotta admit - that looks awesome!



And here's the final product! This Skinny Chili Cheese Mac is the perfect comfort food - but it's healthy! I love making this on a weekend when I know I'm going to be home - then I have warm cheesy leftovers for the next couple days! 

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Skinny Chili Cheese Mac

Skinny Chili Cheese Mac

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Prep time: Cook time: 20 MTotal time: 20 M
This Skinny Chili Cheese Mac will surprise you with how healthy it is and how delicious! It's all the comforts of cheeseburger macaroni but with a lot less fat & calories. I'll take that!

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon oil 
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cups fat free beef broth 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (10-ounce) can mild diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained 
  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese 
  • 4 1/2 ounces finely shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese 

Instructions:

How to cook Skinny Chili Cheese Mac

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil. 
  2. Once heated, add turkey, garlic, coriander, cumin and chili powder. Cook 3 minutes. 
  3. Add broth, water, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. 
  4. Stir in macaroni; cover and cook 10 minutes or until macaroni is done.
  5. While macaroni is cooking, in a separate saucepan, heat milk and cream cheese over medium heat. Cook 4 minutes or until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. 
  6. Stir in cheddar until melted into sauce. 
  7. Add cheese sauce to macaroni mixture; toss well to coat.

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1 comment

  1. SOunds really good. I like anything with cumin in it - probably one of my favortie spices!

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