Spinach Mac & Cheese

Today’s post is a glorious dish that brings back a lot of memories and probably some familiar taste tickles to all adults, I am sure. Mac & Cheese is so good the classic way- smooth and creamy, with a crusty top and needless to say, a lot of cheese!

My version however tops it a little more with a healthy twist by adding spinach puree/soup. What was I thinking? Well! Honestly? They were leftovers but hey it turned out to be a success so I decided to post it on the blog.

You see now that I have touched 30 years of age, I am a bit (just a wee bit) more conscious about what I eat; and mac n cheese can really be quite a ‘sinful’ food for the grownups. However, once you add a wee bit of greens, it becomes self-comforting in a way. After all, it is a healthier version and of course, getting some greens into your child’s system is also a welcomed bonus.

First all of you will need the recipe for my spinach soup, which is very sublime on its own. But if you decide you want the classic mac & cheese, skip the spinach and follow the recipe as it is:


Here goes….

Ingredients: –

  • 4 cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • ¼ cup multi-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 400gms grated cheddar cheese
  • salt (according to taste)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp almond powder or bread crumbs*
  • left over spinach soup (if using)

Method: –

  1. Cook the spaghetti in a large-sized pan of boiling salted water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain & set aside.
  3. In a heated milk skillet, melt the butter and whisk in the flour.
  4. Quickly after add milk, salt, pepper & cheese. Stir to combine the ingredients. This should now look like a thick but smooth batter. Taste and adjust salt & pepper accordingly.
  5. In a baking dish, spread some olive oil or butter at the bottom.
  6. If using spinach soup, mix the macaroni into the soup and then place this in the baking dish.
  7. Pour in the batter from the skillet.
  8. Add some more cheese on top, if you like.
  9. Sprinkle lots of almond powder or breadcrumbs over the top.
  10. Pop it into a pre-heated oven for about 20minutes or until the top has browned a bit and you see bubbles on the side.











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