Turn mac and cheese from an indulgent side into a well rounded meal with the addition of spinach. It helps balance out the richness of the cheese sauce, so your palate never gets bored.
Sure, Kermit said that it’s not easy being green…but for this 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. Want to add some protein into your baked spinach mac and cheese? Stir in some bacon, turkey or ham for a smokey flavor that really makes the dish sing. Heck, even some ground beef wouldn’t be bad!
Shells are one of the best pasta shapes for this dish because each little hollow scoops up plenty of cheesy sauce (in this case, made from cheddar) but you really can’t go wrong with elbows or any other shape for that matter. This homemade mac and cheese is made the old fashioned way, with a floury roux-based cheese sauce which takes a bit longer but is worth the extra time. Your tastebuds will thank you for your trouble.