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Light(er) Sweet Potato Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe

This light(er) macaroni and cheese recipe gets a burst of flavor and texture from mashed sweet potato and a great sharp cheddar cheese.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Entrees, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian, Whole Wheat Recipe
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 310.9kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 11- by 7-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Pierce the sweet potato all over with a fork. Cook in a microwave until the sweet potato is very tender, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Cut the sweet potato in half lengthwise and, when cool enough to handle, scoop the flesh into a shallow dish. With the back of a fork, mash the sweet potato until well-mashed and almost smooth.
  • In a large nonstick saucepan, cook the elbow pasta about 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In the same saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until the onion is tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sage and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • While whisking, gradually pour the vegetable broth and skim milk into the flour mixture. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the mashed sweet potato, grated cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Heat, stirring, until the cheese is melted.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and stir until well combined. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl stir together the panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the macaroni and cheese.
  • Bake until the casserole is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Place the casserole under the broiler for 1 minute, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Watch carefully so that the breadcrumbs don't burn. Serve.


Weight Watchers Points: 10 (Freestyle SmartPoints)


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 310.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.4g | Protein: 13.1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 17.9mg | Sodium: 477.1mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6.7g