Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Spinach Mac & Cheese


It is one of my favorite vegetables (besides broccoli and tomatoes). Raw, Steamed, Stir fried, in soups, you name it. My husband, on the other hand, does not enjoy spinach as much. The way to hide spinach and other nutritious vegetables is to turn it into a casserole or put it in a pasta dish. Since I had some macaroni in the pantry, I finally decided to make Spinach Mac & Cheese.

Spinach Macaroni & Cheese
Prep Time: 20 minutes      Cook Time: 25 minutes
12 oz macaroni 
3 Tblsp butter
1/2 cup diced onions
1/3 cup flour
3 cups milk (the more fat, the better)
6 oz spinach (chopped)
2 cups cheese

Prepare macaroni as per directions; boil a pot of water with a bit of salt. Cook macaroni for 8-10 minutes. Strain and set aside.

In a large pot, melt three tablespoons of butter. Sautee the diced onions to soften them. Whisk in 1/3 cup of flour. The mixture should be a brown color. Pour in the milk. Turn the heat up to high for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.  

Stir cheese into the mixture. Add chopped spinach to the mixture. Lastly, add cooked macaroni into the pot.

* I added fresh ground peppercorns on top.

Enjoy!! =)

1) I usually prepare and chop/dice veggies before anything else. 
2) If you do not have macaroni in the pantry, you can use any kind/shape of pasta. 
3) Stack the fresh spinach on top of each other so that you can chop more into strips at one time.
4) I was too excited about eating my dish. If I wasn't, I would have put it in a casserole pan. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top to create a crunchy top. 


  1. I feel like spinach adds no flavor to the main dish here. It just gets overpowered by the mac and cheese. Better to add some kind of stronger herb.

  2. Just reread your post and saw that you were just trying to sneak vitamins into your dish for Kevin. -_-