Mac and Cheese with Spinach Recipe

Looking for an easy Mac and Cheese with spinach recipe? Learn how to make Mac and Cheese with spinach using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by auburn17

Makes 4 servings



use panko crumbs, divide water NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 576 calories; 22 g fat (11 g sat, 2 g mono); 69 mg cholesterol; 63 g carbohydrate; 37 g protein; 9 g fiber; 917 mg sodium; 403 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin A (290% daily value), Calcium (70% dv), Folate (37% dv), Iron (15% dv). 3 1/2 Carbohydrate Servings Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 1/2 medium-fat meat

Recipe Ingredients for Mac and Cheese with spinach

3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon paprika
16 ounce frozen spinach, thawed
1 3/4 cups low-fat milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni

Recipe Directions for Mac and Cheese with spinach

  1. 1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat oven to 450F. Coat an 8-inch-square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. 2. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture.

  3. 3. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl until smooth; add to the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar until melted. Stir in cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

  4. 4. Cook pasta for 4 minutes, or until not quite tender. (It will continue to cook during baking.) Drain and add to the cheese sauce; mix well. Spread half the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the spinach on top. Top with the remaining pasta; sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.

  5. 5. Bake the casserole until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 388.3g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
559
Calories from Fat
211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
23.4g
36%
Saturated Fat
13.7g
69%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
69mg
23%
Sodium
902mg
38%
Potassium
1022mg
29%
Total Carbohydrates
52.1g
17%
Dietary Fiber
4.4g
18%
Sugars
8.0g
Protein
35.5g
Vitamin A 230% Vitamin C 53%
Calcium 71% Iron 32%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A-
  Good points
  • High in calcium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in selenium
  • Very high in vitamin A
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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