Sure, Kermit said that it's not easy being green…but for this cheesy mac and cheese it is! Whip up a simple cheese sauce and swirl in some spinach and pasta before baking it to perfection. Your kids will go crazy for this baked spinach mac and cheese.
Cheesy Baked Spinach Mac and Cheese
Bake some spinach into your standard (and yummy!) mac and cheese to keep the kiddos full, healthy, and happy.
- unsalted butter: 2 tablespoons
- all-purpose flour: 2 tablespoons
- milk: 2 cups
- dry ground mustard: 1 teaspoon
- kosher salt and pepper: to taste
- shredded sharp cheddar cheese: 2 cups, divided
- frozen chopped spinach: 1 cup
- medium pasta shells: 1/2 lb, prepared
- butter crackers: 1/3 cup, crushed
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s completely melted, add the flour. Whisk well to combine, taking special care to scrape the sides as needed. Continue, whisking constantly, until the flour is fully combined with the butter and turns a light amber color.
Step 2: Add the milk a little at a time, whisking constantly, until fully combined. Cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened---about 5--7 minutes. Whisk in the dry ground mustard, salt, and pepper (adjusting seasoning as needed). Add 1 ½ cups of cheese, and whisk into the sauce. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Cook for 3--5 minutes, until the spinach softens.
Step 3: Add the cooked pasta to an oven-safe 8x8 inch baking dish. Pour the sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup of cheese and the cracker crumbs.
Step 4: Bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly at the pan edges.
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