Decadent 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese Tortellini, Skinnyfied

I could eat this every day! It’s sooo good. This mac and cheese is a guilt-free dream come true! The very cheesy sauce includes three low-fat kinds of cheese, shredded, cottage cheese, and Parmesan. Once combined with the cooked cheese tortellini, it becomes a cheese lover’s delight! Each generous serving has 213 calories, 7 grams of fat.
Decadent 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese Tortellini, Skinnyfied

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 6 main-course servings.
Shopping Tips
I used Trader Joe’s Cheese Tortellini. It’s fresh pasta and is found in the refrigerated section. Most supermarkets carry a few brands, such as Buitoni.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints-6 Blue
WW SmartPoints-6 Green
WW POINTS PLUS 6
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
213 calories, 7g fat, 3g sat. fat, 24mg chol, 15g protein, 24g carbs, 1g fiber, 377mg sod, 3g sugar
 

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Decadent 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese Tortellini, Skinnyfied

Decadent 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese Tortellini, Skinnyfied

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 213 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (10 oz) package cheese tortellini, see shopping tips
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper or leave out if you don’t want it a little spicy
  • cup + 1 tablespoon reduced-fat milk
  • cups low fat cottage cheese or part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup light cheese such as Mozzarella, cheddar or a blend of cheeses, shredded
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup light shredded cheese such as Mozzarella, cheddar, or a blend of cheeses
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cook tortellini according to package instructions.  Drain. Set aside.
  • To make the cheese sauce:  In a large nonstick pan, melt butter. Using a whisk, mix in dry mustard powder and cayenne pepper. Whisk in milk, cottage cheese, and shredded cheese. Season to taste with a little salt and pepper.
  • Using a rubber spatula so the tortellini doesn’t tear, stir in cooked tortellini. Mix well. Add to the baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle all over top with ¼ cup shredded cheese and Parmesan cheese. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes, until the cheeses are melted.
  • Cool slightly and cut into 6 servings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 15gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 377mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gBlue Smart Points: 6Green Smart Points: 6Plus Points: 6
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6 Comments

  1. Sounds yummy. Where do you find “light” cheese? I’ve found one (cheddar) fat free cheese but have never seen a “light” cheese.

  2. Dava, when my recipes say light cheese, it means reduced-fat cheese. Most supermarkets including Trader Joe’s sell reduced-fat cheeses.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  3. Brenda, Once you cool this casserole slightly, you cut (score) into 6 servings. Each serving is 1 slice.
    It’s one of my all-time favorite mac and cheese recipes. I hope you love it too!
    My best,
    Nancy

  4. 5 stars
    This is so good – I’ve made it twice, and both times declared that it feels so much like I’m cheating! Paired it with a mixed salad of arugula and lettuce with pears, toasted pecans and balsamic vinaigrette. Also, I couldn’t find tortellini this time at the store, so I used fresh cheese raviolis and it worked perfectly. Thanks, Nancy!

  5. Thanks so much, Becky for taking the time to review this mac and cheese. I always appreciate it! I know what you mean, it tastes like you’re cheating and it’s actually quite low in calories. Every time I serve it, people think it’s so fattening! But we know better, right?
    Take care and all the best,
    Nancy

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