Oh-So-Good Macaroni and Cheese

4.2
(9) 7 Reviews
Prep Time
20
min.
Total Time
40
min.
Servings

6 servings, 1 cup each

Even people who aren't keen on spinach tend to think this baby spinach and Parmesan-spiked mac and cheese is oh so good!

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine macaroni, 1-1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese, the spinach, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese in large bowl; set aside. Heat oil in medium saucepan on low heat 1 min. Add onions; cook 2 to 3 min. or until crisp-tender. Add flour; mix well. Cook 2 min., stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring until well blended after each addition. Increase heat to medium. Bring to boil; cook 2 to 3 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Add to macaroni mixture; toss to coat.
  • Spoon into 1-1/2-qt.-casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining Cheddar cheese.
  • Bake 20 min. or until heated through.

Healthy Living

Preparing this delicious recipe with 2% milk Cheddar cheese and fat-free milk instead of regular cheese and 2% milk saves 60 calories, 6g fat and 4g saturated fat per serving. In addition, using whole wheat macaroni boosts the fiber to 4g per serving compared to 2g fiber per serving when prepared with regular macaroni.

Variation

Substitute cooked broccoli florets for the spinach and chopped red bell peppers for the tomatoes.

Substitute

Substitute 3 cups whole wheat rotini pasta for the 2 cups elbow macaroni.

Servings

  • 6 servings, 1 cup each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings, 1 cup each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 390
% Daily Value
Total fat 20g
Saturated fat 10g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 390mg
Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 18g
   
Vitamin A 40 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 45 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • Harrietvane | Mon, Dec 27 2010 4:12 PM

    Amazing! I cannot recomend this recipe enough. My one-year-old devouered it (spinach included), my husband (who hates bland food) also loved it. It's not healthy -- but it's better tasting and better for you than most mac&cheese recipes.

  • mlphower | Mon, Nov 22 2010 9:07 PM

    The ingredients are good, but the prep instructions are not great. Prep time does not include cooking the noodles (who has 2 cups of cooked macaroni laying around). It would be nice to have the amount of dry noodles needed. It would have been easier to use a dutch oven. Cook the noodles there and transfer them to a bowl when complete. Cook the onions there and transfer them to a bowl when complete (FYI if you are using a red pepper & broccoli like the substitution suggests, the pepper should be cooked with the onion and the broccoli needs to be lightly steamed or parboiled first). Then make your white sauce in the pot and add the cheeses. Then add all your other ingredients and toss. Top with the extra cheese and put in oven.

  • JessieE04 | Mon, Oct 4 2010 6:55 PM

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