Spinach Mac And Cheese


This recipe was a successful attempt at trying to feed my family more spinach. They loved it and now prefer this version to conventional mac and cheese.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
10 servings


  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 pound frozen chopped spinach, not thawed

  • 3 cups grated Cheddar cheese, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with 1 teaspoon butter.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

  3. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat while macaroni is cooking. Add flour and whisk until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in a little milk and continue whisking. Pour in remaining milk and add frozen spinach. Cook, whisking constantly, until spinach softens and sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

  4. Remove sauce from heat and stir in 2 cups Cheddar cheese; whisk until melted. Season sauce with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  5. Drain macaroni and spread evenly in the prepared baking dish. Cover with cheese sauce. Mix well. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese on top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 30 minutes. Turn on the oven's broiler and broil until a golden crust forms on top, about 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

426 Calories
20g Fat
41g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 426
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 467mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 453mg 35%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 410mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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