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Main dishes

Spinach-Macaroni & Cheese

photo by:kraft
Fresh spinach and a dash of nutmeg give this from-scratch mac and cheese great color and a tantalizing aroma.
time
prep:
30 min
total:
1 hr 10 min
servings
total:
8 servings, 1 cup each

What You Need

1
pkg.  (10 oz.) fresh spinach, stems removed
2-3/4
cups  elbow macaroni, uncooked
3
Tbsp.  margarine
1
 onion, chopped
1
clove  garlic, minced
1/4
cup  flour
3
cups  milk
3
cups  KRAFT Finely Shredded Italian* Five Cheese Blend, divided
1/4
tsp.  ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/8
tsp.  ground nutmeg

Make It

HEAT oven to 350°F.

BRING large saucepan of water to boil. Add spinach; cook 1 to 2 min. or just until wilted. Drain. Use same pan to cook macaroni as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, melt margarine in large saucepan on medium heat. Add onions; cook 5 min., stirring frequently. Add garlic and flour; cook and stir 1 min. Whisk in milk; bring to boil, stirring constantly. Add 2-1/4 cups cheese; cook and stir until melted. Stir in pepper and nutmeg.

SQUEEZE excess water from spinach; chop finely. Drain macaroni. Add to cheese sauce; stir until evenly coated. Spoon half the macaroni mixture into 13x9-inch baking dish; cover with spinach. Top with remaining macaroni mixture and shredded cheese.

BAKE 30 min. or until golden brown. Let stand 10 min. before serving.

* Made with quality cheeses crafted in the USA.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Serve with a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing.
Creative Leftovers
Cool any leftovers; freeze in 1-cup portions for easy reheating.
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