Greek Mac and Cheese

Recipe by Sharon123
READY IN: 1hr 15mins
YIELD: 8-10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    slices crustless whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
  • 9
    tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 8
    ounces hollow pasta (penne or elbow macaroni)
  • 14
    cup flour
  • 3
    cups milk
  • 4
    cups grated graviera cheese (about 12 oz.-you may sub Romano OR Pecorino cheese ) or 4 cups kefalotyri cheese (about 12 oz.-you may sub Romano OR Pecorino cheese )
  • 34
    teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 18
    teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2
    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8
    large shallots, finely chopped (or 4 small red onions)
  • 14
    cup chopped red bell pepper (or orange or green)
  • 16
    ounces Baby Spinach, roughly chopped
  • 8
    scallions, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 13
    cup roughly chopped fresh dill
  • 1 34
    cups crumbled feta (about 8 oz.)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Put bread into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Put bread crumbs and 3 tablespoons butter into a small bowl and combine; set aside.
  • Bring a 6 quart pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until cooked halfway through, about 3 minutes. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining butter in a 4 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Still whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in milk and cook until sauce has thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove pan from the heat. Stir in cheese, cinnamon, and nutmeg and season with salt and pepper; set bechamel sauce aside.
  • Heat oven to 350°. Heat oil in a 5-qt. pot over medium heat. Add shallots and bell peppers and cook, stirring often, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add spinach and scallions and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in the reserved bechamel sauce, the dill, and the reserved pasta and move the mixture to a 9" x 13" baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with reserved bread crumbs and the feta.
  • Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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