Whole Grain Corn Chowdah Mac & Cheese Inspired By @RachelRayShow #SundaySupper



Whole grain Mac &’ Cheese and Creamy Corn Chowder ! Perfect for a cold winter evening. Mix the two together in one dish to make Corn Chowder Mac  & Cheese and you have some serious comfort food.  My Sunday Supper Team is doing a celebrity chef theme  this week where we all blog recipes from a favorite celebrity chef and I am doing Rachel Ray ! I love to eat fancy food, but when it comes to cooking I need simple !  One of the reasons I love Rachel Ray  is the fact that she does fancy and simple ! I gawk at the fancy and make the simple. Occasionally I catch her shows on TV and love her zest,  energy and the way she just glows when she talks about food!  I get her magazine every month and it’s one of my favorite reading materials on the train en route to DC.  My kids love mac ‘n’ cheese and corn, so I figured a dish which had both would be a winner with them.  The recipe was pretty simple but the  end result was a gourmet Mac & Cheese ! Adult mac & cheese !!   I made a few modifications to the recipe. I used whole grain pasta, and low-fat milk. I also substituted the butter for ghee which is clarified butter. I  just like using ghee  and since the recipe only called for just 3 tbsps , hey indulge a bit 🙂 ! I used 2 tbsp of ghee. I used turkey bacon just because I happened to have some in my freezer 🙂 ! I also used a lower fat version of cheese. The dish  tasted so yum my kids didn’t even know it was made with whole grain pasta. I like that it had some spices like cayenne pepper, dill, mustard which give it  an extra spicy touch. I also love the addition of celery, potato and peppers which gave it more body I thought and I absolutely love that it uses corn.  I  made mini pans …well I  did want to show off my black and white dotted dishes that I  picked up for just a few cents during black Friday. I like using mini pans because it makes it easier to personalize  dishes. My youngest doesn’t like her food spicy, so while I sprinkled some extra cayenne on the mac &  cheese for my  husband, oldest and myself, I left hers a little bland. We had it for dinner and literally licked the platter clean. I know this is one dish I will be making again soon !





Nutrition Wise!

 Whole grain pasta is a good source of fiber and B vitamins.  milk and cheese are good sources of calcium and vitamin d ! corn adds to the fiber and the very fact that its made from scratch mac n cheese with real cheese makes it a wholesome dish that is in my opinion  healthy comfort food ! Omit the bacon to make this a veggie dish.


Whole Grain Corn Chowdah Mac N Cheese

Serves 8 -10 servings
Dietary Diabetic
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
By author Rachel Ray


  • 1 Lb Whole grain Penne Rigate
  • 4 ears of corn (husked)
  • 1 Tsp Olive oil
  • 1/ 4 Lb turkey bacon
  • 1 baking potato
  • 1/2 Tsp old bay seasoning
  • 2 Stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 4 Cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (or butter)
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Cups low fat milk
  • 1/2 -1 Tsp cayenne
  • 1 cup low fat parmigan - reggiana cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup Low fat sharp cheddar cheese


Omit bacon to make this dish veggie !


corn4Boil penne pasta, add salt and cook al dente and drain. Husk the kernels off the corn and keep aside.
corn6Heat skillet. Add olive oil and cook bacon till crisp/ break into small bits.
cornAdd corn , potato, onion, diced pepper, jalapeno, garlic and saute for 8-10 minutes till soft
corn5Melt ghee, whisk in flour , then the milk. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Cook till mixture coats the spoon. Add grated parmigiano cheese.
corn3Add the corn potato mixture to the pasta. Add the white sauce mixture to the pasta,. Transfer to casserole. Top with cheddar cheese and bacon bits and broil 3- 5 minutes. Serve hot


My Sunday Supper Team had cooked up a storm, all inspired by their favorite celebrity chefs ! Make sure you check them out ! 


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Sweet Endings:

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About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........


  1. Oh my that is one big dish of comfort! I can see making it on a cold winter’s day to warm up and fill up at the same time. Delish!

  2. Sounds so good, Sue! Love soups and ’tis the season!

  3. What a cool twist to mash together two amazing entrees like corn chowder and macaroni and cheese – it looks scrumptious!

  4. So many flavors! I like that you use whole wheat pasta and bacon fat, jaja, perfect balance! This sounds like a great recipe for me. Have a great sunday Suni!

  5. Great recipe, love the whole grain pasta. Making an indulgent dish a little better, is always a good thing! Love Rachael Ray!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Have had home made Mac N cheese with white pasta & I think the whole grain pasta gave it a whole another taste ! Better !!

  6. Love Rachel Ray and her simple dishes, looks great!

  7. I added this to my “Must Try” list!! I love how you skinnyfied it!! I can’t wait to try it! Happy #SundaySupper to you my friend!

  8. Do you have leftovers? Because I’ll be needing some.

  9. Great substitutions! I also like to use ghee in place of butter if olive oil won’t work.

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      If youv’e cooked with Ghee , you know how it tastes 🙂 ! Guess I could have used olive oil too, but then I wouldn’t have the taste of ghee !!

  10. Sue, I love Rachel too – she makes things so simple and tasty and I love it!
    This looks delicious and has me totally intrigued. Perfect recipe pick!

  11. PS. LOVE the dishes!!

  12. Corn chowder and mac and cheese in the same dish! Love it!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      I liked it the minute I saw it coz my kids love both those dishes 8 now it turns out I like it too 🙂 !

  13. Thats a neat idea… dunno how i feel about doubling up on the starch haha

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Yep, Lotsa carbs in this one ! Wont be a regular with me, but maybe with my kids. Perfect for that time when I want to carb load 🙂 !

  14. Just like you – I love to eat fancy food but like to cook simple, comfort food – This looks stupendous 🙂

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Thanks:) ! Much easier .. don’t you think ? making simple food & eating fancy outside. Thanks CJ ! Tasted really good !

  15. what a great combo Sunithi. I would totally cheat my diet for this meal. Rachel Ray was one of my favorites too. I learned so many tips, tricks and techniques from her shows. I’m pretty sure I have watched every single episode of 30 minute meals.

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Yep. She is a good one to watch. I don’t watch her shows as much because of the timing. I must tape them I think & watch while I workout 🙂 ! I do get her magazine though and gawk at all the good stuff. She does give practical foodie tips !!

  16. This looks really delicious. My kids love Mac & Cheese a lot!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      My kids too, although I must say this is a grown up Mac “N” Cheese too ! Had Paprika & cayenne in it ! Thanks for visiting !

  17. Love this recipe and oh my…. I am coming over to steal those casserole dishes!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Aw Isabel ! we love love great deals. $1.49.. wishing I had picked up more. Then I could have sent you some. Am planning to go back weekend and see if they have any left 🙂 ! Thanks !

  18. Again, wonderful stuff. Who does not like the comfort food of mac & cheese and to dress it up like this…woah!

  19. Yummy Sue! This looks amazing. I love corn chowder and love Mac and cheese even more. Awesome!

  20. the white sauce is really a great combination :). I’d like more cheese when make it. it’s so cheesy 🙂

  21. The food looks so delicious, especially with the cheese, I will definitely love it.

  22. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe. Will definitely come back for more.


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