Spinach Mac And Cheese Recipe

"This recipe was a successful attempt at trying to feed my family more spinach. They loved it and now prefer this version to conventional mac and cheese."


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  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 pound frozen chopped spinach, not thawed
  • 3 cups grated Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
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    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with 1 teaspoon butter.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.
    3. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat while macaroni is cooking. Add flour and whisk until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in a little milk and continue whisking. Pour in remaining milk and add frozen spinach. Cook, whisking constantly, until spinach softens and sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
    4. Remove sauce from heat and stir in 2 cups Cheddar cheese; whisk until melted. Season sauce with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
    5. Drain macaroni and spread evenly in the prepared baking dish. Cover with cheese sauce. Mix well. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese on top.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 30 minutes. Turn on the oven's broiler and broil until a golden crust forms on top, about 3 minutes.

    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 426 calories;20 g fat;41.2 g carbohydrates;20.5 g protein;60 mg cholesterol;467 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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