Spinach Mac & Cheese

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This much loved comfort food has had a mini makeover to boost nutrition and cut down on fat. The layer of spinach adds vitamin A, iron and a nice texture. The use of reduced fat cheddar cheese and reduced fat cottage cheese helps to lower the fat.

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Ingredients

  • 2 C. dried pasta (any shape)
  • 1 8-oz. container frozen, chopped spinach, drained
  • 1 C. low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1 C. skim milk
  • 1 C. reduced-fat sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tsp. Molly McButter cheese powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese (heaping)
  • 2 Tbs. bread crumbs

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Directions

Set the oven to 350. Cook the pasta, drain and set aside. In a medium bowl, add the spinach to the cottage cheese, mix and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the flour and 1 C. milk. Add the remaining 1 C. milk to a medium saucepan and heat until tiny bubbles form on the sides. Whisk the flour into the hot milk and stir until it bubbles and thickens. Turn the heat way down and add the cheese, powdered cheese, cayenne pepper, and mustard. Turn off the heat and add the pasta to the cheese and mix thoroughly. Spray a 2 qt. casserole dish with cooking spray and pour the e pasta as the bottom layer. Add the spinach mixture, and lightly sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Add the remaining pasta and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes and sprinkle with pepper before indulging.

Reviews (2)

  • Since there is only one review, from 2009, I am guessing you did not read the review before suggesting this recipe for 2013 as the instructions have not been corrected.
    It would be nice to know if I need 2 cups of milk or only one. The ingredient list states one cup, however in the instructions it is stated "In a small bowl, whisk the flour and 1 C. milk. Add the remaining 1 C. milk to a medium saucepan and heat until tiny bubbles form on the sides."
    Next you are instructed to "add the pasta to the cheese and mix thoroughly." I would add ALL the pasta, however you are instructed to " pour the e pasta as the bottom layer. Add the spinach mixture, and lightly sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Add the remaining pasta and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs"
    The same goes for the Parmesan cheese. I would add all the Parmesan cheese, yet later in the instructions you are instructed to "sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese"
    It sounds like a lovely recipe and I will probably try to make it because I am guessing that I should half the 1 cup of milk and 2 Tbs. of Parmesan cheese.
    As this recipe is shared by Recipe4Living, I would think proof reading would be a priority.
    A new or inexperienced cook would not have a good outcome with this recipe.

    Flag as inappropriate hjahdd  |  January 8, 2013

  • This is a very good tasting recipe. The recipe is written very poorly.

    Flag as inappropriate willbeis  |  February 21, 2009

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