I can’t say with any shred of historical accuracy that Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chip Topping is how Aphrodite seduced every god on Olympus, but I think it’s a reasonable theory.

Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chip Topping

Think about it: togas are not particularly flattering, goddesses are by definition high maintenance, and Aphrodite didn’t exactly have a reputation for loyalty. Her secret: Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chip Topping. This glorious pan of bubbly, cheesy noodles piled high with Greek-inspired ingredients—spinach, bell peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese—would beguile Zeus himself.

Now, you and I might not be able to fire lightening bolts, control the tides, or make it summer 365 days a year (my personal super-power wish du jour), but we CAN channel our inner-almighty and transform a leafy green salad into macaroni and cheese.  This is my idea of might.

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Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chips

I adore salads at lunch, but when dinner rolls around, a cold bowl of greens simply doesn’t satisfy me. I crave something warm and hearty to get me through these long winter nights of The Bachelor and The West Wing (I’m on Season 5 and obsessed).  Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chip Topping takes the flavors and ingredients of one of my favorite salads—Greek salad—and loads them into the ultimate comfort food dinner: baked macaroni and cheese.

Staying true the Greek-salad inspiration, I kept this macaroni and cheese lean and mean with a secret ingredient: low-fat cottage cheese. Don’t freak out. The cottage cheese melts beautifully into a creamy sauce, along with cheddar and a heap of tangy feta. It gives the sauce richness and body, without the excess of heavy cream.

Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chips

Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chip Topping is also packing vibrant and healthy flavor, thanks to a heap of classic Greek-salad ingredients: bell peppers and red onions, spinach, sundried tomatoes, olives, and feta. This is an Athens-approved party in a pan.

OK, so I lighted up this Greek Mac and Cheese, but that does not mean  I’m willing to forgo the crowning glory of any self-respecting baked macaroni and cheese: the crispy crunchy topping. To keep it Greek, I swapped out the typical breadcrumbs for crushed up pita chips, tossed them with a bit of olive oil and oregano, then sprinkled them all over the top. OH MY. That dusting of crushed pita chips is tantamount to Zeus showering his good favor down upon the planet. It is DIVINE. The pita chips are extra crunchy and toasty, the ideal contrast to the creamy-dreamy feta cheese sauce.

Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crunchy Pita Chip Topping Channel your inner god/goddess and bake Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chip Topping. Aphrodite can keep her fleeting powers of seduction. With this pan of brightly flavored, pita-topped goodness, we have heaven on earth!

Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crunchy Pita Chip Topping

Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crunchy Pita Chip Topping

5 from 5 votes
Creamy macaroni and cheese loaded with feta, olives, sundried tomatoes and spinach, topped with crunchy pita chips. A healthy baked mac and cheese recipe.

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/2 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup crushed pita chips
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach thawed (1 package)
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 2 cups non-fat milk divided
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese shredded, about 6 ounces
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese about 4 ounces
  • 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives sliced
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat elbow macaroni or penne
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium. Add the onions and cook until beginning to turn translucent, 5-8 minutes. Add red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and garlic and cook until the peppers are tender, about 8 additional minutes. Add red wine vinegar and cook 2 additional minutes. Set aside.
  • Bring large pot of water on to boil. Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray. (A deep 9x9-inch pan will work as well). Mix breadcrumbs, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and oregano in a small bowl. Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture. Place sundried tomatoes in a small bowl and cover with boiling water (this will rehydrate the tomatoes.) Set aside.
  • In a large, heavy saucepan, heat 1 3/4 cups milk over medium-high heat until steaming (do not boil). In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup milk and flour until smooth, then add to the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar until melted. Stir in cottage cheese, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook pasta for 6 minutes, until not quite tender. (It will continue to cook during baking.) Drain pasta, then add to cheese sauce; mix well. Drain the sundried tomatoes, then fold them into the mixture, along with the sautéed onions and peppers, spinach, feta cheese, and olives. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish, then top with crushed pita chips.
  • Bake the casserole until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes, checking at the 15-minute mark to ensure that the pita chips are not toasting too quickly (if they are, cover the pan with foil and continue baking.) Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm.

Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese can be prepared through Step 4, then covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 3 months. To bake: Thaw in the refrigerator, if necessary, then proceed with the recipe as directed, baking for 35 to 45 minutes.

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  1. Did you say creamy feta sauce??? Can I have this stuff for dinner for the rest of my days?? Say yes, say yes.
    This looks terrific <3

  2. Ok, this is amazing! First of all: greek mac and cheese?? I’m so in love with that combination. Second: it’s skinny??? Third: your photos are beautiful! I am so so so in love with this. :) Pinning and making ASAP! Hope your week is going well, sweet girl!

  3. Oh.my.goodness. Can I come live next door? And eaet this for the rest of my life? I’m pretty sure I could. The pita chips on top are blowing my mind. I LOVE pita chips and I LOVE pasta. And who says no to skinny? You are a genius. This better be one of your top 10 recipes at some point because this recipe deserves some serious respect! :)5 stars

    1. I’m blushing Mary Frances! This is one of my all-time faves, but it means so much hearing that you like the looks of it too :) Thank you!

  4. Healthy mac n’cheese, pah! That wouldn’t taste good would it?? But then… *takes a forkful*… speechless. OH MY. So good. The “Greek ingredients’ add so much flavour and the crunch of the pita chip topping is to die for! So good. Thanks hon, love everything about this healthy recipe! x5 stars

    1. Thanks Laura! Though this mac has “skinny” in the title, I promise you it tastes anything but. I think it’s the power of the feta :)

  5. I, a law student, made this for my boyfriend, an attorney, tonight. And it was delicious! I just discovered your blog and we have a lot in common. I did my undergrad degree at UW-Madison so I know all about your love for the Farmers Market (can you say spicy cheese bread and the tent with all the cheese samples?!). I also started dating my boyfriend when he was a second year law student before going on to become a law student myself. Hang tight. It’ll get better. :)5 stars

    1. Shoreh, I am so, so excited to hear that you tried this mac and cheese and loved it! Thanks for the encouragement and for taking time to share your review too :) Makes my day!

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