Saturday, April 18, 2015

Green Mac n Cheese

 This is really yummy, and it makes mac n cheese a little healthier! 

1 lb. elbow macaroni
2 cups whole milk
1 cup packed fresh spinach
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. flour
4 cups grated white cheddar cheese
2 cups chopped broccoli florets
1 cup peas

(1) Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta in water for about 3 minutes less than package directions call for, until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain.

(2) While pasta is cooking, place milk and spinach in blender and blend on high until smooth.

(3) In a large pot, melt the butter and then add the flour whisking continuously over low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes to make a roux.  Slowly mix in the milk mixture and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce is gently bubbling and starting to thicken. Add reserved pasta water and cheese and whisk until melted.  Stir in the pasta, broccoli and peas.

(4) Transfer to a greased 13x9 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

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