Smoky Spinach Macaroni and Cheese

"This is an interesting twist on an old favorite. Also a verrrry clever way of sneaking spinach into your family's mouths. Smoky, creamy and oh-so-satisfying."
 
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photo by Redsie
photo by Redsie photo by Redsie
photo by Redsie photo by Redsie
Ready In:
35mins
Ingredients:
15
Serves:
4-6
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and garlic; cook 1 minute.
  • Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Gradually add milk, cream, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended.
  • Bring to a boil; cook until thick (about 2 minutes).
  • Add cheeses; stir until melted.
  • Add spinach and macaroni to cheese sauce, stirring until well blended.
  • Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  • Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until bubbly.

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Reviews

  1. mommymakeit4u
    I didn't have the smoked version of the cheeses, and I mixed some parmesan with the breadcrumbs. I found that even after doing that the topping was very dry and boring. Next time I'll only use 1/4 cup crumbs and maybe dot with butter. Still a nice way to get that spinach in though!
     
  2. I Cook Therefore I
    This was absolutely the best mac and cheese I have ever had. I loved every bite of it. I also like the fact that this recipe makes a very manageable amount, unlike many recipes for casseroles that I come across that seem like they came straight out of Elementary School Cafeteria Recipes Monthly. I will be making this one again thanks so much for posting!
     
  3. tara portee
    I'm not giving stars because I changed it so much. I halved the recipe, but I actually used a lot more spinach, 10ozs of frozen spinach(defrosted and excess moisture pressed out). I added 16ozs of sliced browned smoked sausage. I still mixed it all up together and popped in the oven. The way I did it, the dish was a total meal in one. I used regular mozarella cheese instead of the smoked cheddar, but I did use the smoked Gouda. I really enjoyed the taste the gouda gave it. This was quick, easy, flavorful, and satisfying.
     
  4. Redsie
    What's not to love in this?? :)!! This is perfect comfort food! We loved the mix of spinach and cheese. Used low-fat milk and some leeks instead of the shallots. Can't wait to have the leftovers!! Thanks Cynna! Made for PAC 2007.
     
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  1. tara portee
    I'm not giving stars because I changed it so much. I halved the recipe, but I actually used a lot more spinach, 10ozs of frozen spinach(defrosted and excess moisture pressed out). I added 16ozs of sliced browned smoked sausage. I still mixed it all up together and popped in the oven. The way I did it, the dish was a total meal in one. I used regular mozarella cheese instead of the smoked cheddar, but I did use the smoked Gouda. I really enjoyed the taste the gouda gave it. This was quick, easy, flavorful, and satisfying.
     
  2. Redsie
    What's not to love in this?? :)!! This is perfect comfort food! We loved the mix of spinach and cheese. Used low-fat milk and some leeks instead of the shallots. Can't wait to have the leftovers!! Thanks Cynna! Made for PAC 2007.
     

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