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.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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

426 calories; protein 20.5g; carbohydrates 41.2g; fat 20g; cholesterol 59.5mg; sodium 466.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2018
Followed the recipe. Super easy and ymmy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/13/2018
It seemed a little dry. I expected it to be creamier. Tastes good though! Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2018
Followed the recipe. Super easy and ymmy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2018
Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2018
Adding the spinach to Mac and cheese great idea! Loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2019
Tasty! I only had half of the pasta but accidentally made a full batch of the sauce (and added some onion) so my mac 'n cheese was SUPER creamy just the way I like it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2018
At the time I'm writing this review the recipe is rated halfway between 4 and 5 and that's what I'd give it if we could give half stars. It offers a tasty healthy twist on the old standby of mac and cheese. I followed the recipe exactly and it got very good reviews in our house. When I reheated the leftovers I sprinkled a little more cheddar cheese on top and that seemed to make it even better. I also think it would benefit from having some cheese layered inside the macaroni... but that may just be nitpicking. If you're undecided about whether to try this or not do it. It probably won't become your signature dish but everyone will enjoy it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2019
This was awesome. I will definitely be making this again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2020
I LOVE this recipe for my toddlers and me! They love it and get spinach without any complaint! I have made this recipe more for them than anything else-SO much better and healthier than a box of kraft! I love it too for me-I just add more salt to mine. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2018
This is pretty good-- I was afraid that the sauce would be too watery with 3 cups milk but it wasn't. I didn't use nutmeg and used an Italian cheese blend instead of cheddar (omitting the top cheese layer). Trying to decide whether water chestnuts might be a good addition... Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/13/2018
It seemed a little dry. I expected it to be creamier. Tastes good though! Read More
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