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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.

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Mac-n-Cheese Yum
Mac-n-Cheese
Course noodles pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsps Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion – small, finely chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno – finely chopped
  • 3 tbsps All-purpose flour
  • 2 % 3 cups Milk
  • 8 oz Cheddar Cheese . – shredded (I used reduced fat mild cheddar)
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Cayenne – (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Black pepper – (or to taste)
  • 10 oz spinach Frozen chopped – . box, thawed
  • ½ cup Bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsps Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz Elbow Macaroni . – cooked according to packages directions
Course noodles pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsps Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion – small, finely chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno – finely chopped
  • 3 tbsps All-purpose flour
  • 2 % 3 cups Milk
  • 8 oz Cheddar Cheese . – shredded (I used reduced fat mild cheddar)
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Cayenne – (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Black pepper – (or to taste)
  • 10 oz spinach Frozen chopped – . box, thawed
  • ½ cup Bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsps Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz Elbow Macaroni . – cooked according to packages directions
Mac-n-Cheese
Instructions
  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.
Recipe Notes

This makes about 6 servings.

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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6 thoughts on “Mac-n-Cheese”

  1. Oh..Look at that bowl…i am sure my son would love this.I usually make store brought ready mix..:(
    Will give a try ..

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