Mac-n-Cheese

I say on request because my sister who was visiting us asked me to make her some macaroni and cheese. I love mac and cheese and have make it several different ways. But I don’t make it very often because my husband is not fond of milk and cheese, so when there is a request I cannot stop myself (ahem.. my poor husband had to settle for leftover khichdi). This recipe is adapted from Vegetarian Times.
Mac-n-Cheese
Mac-n-Cheese
I say on request because my sister who was visiting us asked me to make her some macaroni and cheese. I love mac and cheese and have make it several different ways. But I don’t make it very often because my husband is not fond of milk and cheese, so when there is a request I cannot stop myself (ahem...

Mac-n-Cheese

Summary

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  • Coursenoodles & pasta
  • Cuisineitalian
  • Yield6~8 serving s 6~8 serving
  • Cooking Time1 hourPT1H0M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time1 hour, 20 minutesPT1H20M

Ingredients

Butter
2 tbsps
Olive oil
1 tbsp
Onion – small, finely chopped
1
Jalapeno – finely chopped
1
All-purpose flour
3 tbsps
Milk
2% 3 cups
Cheddar Cheese – shredded (I used reduced fat mild cheddar)
8 oz.
Paprika
½ tsp
Cayenne – (or to taste)
½ tsp
Nutmeg
¼ tsp
Black pepper – (or to taste)
½ tsp
Frozen chopped spinach – . box, thawed
10 oz
Bread crumbs
½ cup
Parmesan cheese
3 tbsps
Elbow Macaroni – cooked according to packages directions
8 oz.

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter along with olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium-high flame. Add onions, jalapeno and sauté till onions wilt, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the flour and cook for 5 minutes till it loses the raw smell. Do not let the flour brown.
  4. Whisk in milk, paprika, nutmeg, cayenne, pepper. Bring to the boil; then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  5. Add the thawed spinach at this stage; mix thoroughly. Turn off the heat and mix in the cheese. (I turn the heat off just to make sure that the milk does not curdle after adding the cheese; been there.. done that..)
  6. Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce. Pour half the pasta into a baking dish; sprinkle 1 tbsp parmesan cheese and ¼ cup bread crumbs. Pour in the rest of the pasta; sprinkle the remaining 2tbsp parmesan cheese and ¼ cup bread crumbs. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is browned and bubbling.
  7. Serve hot.
Mac-n-Cheese
This makes about 6 servings.
Mac-n-Cheese

This is my entry to this month's edition of A.W.E.D-Italian hosted by talented DK @ Culinary Bazaar.

Bon Appetito!!!

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