Spinach Mac & Cheese, please!

Who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese? Let’s take a break from healthy vegetarian dishes for a minute and indulge! Wholesome and rich, it reminds me of being a kid again. Last year, in an effort to make my Mac & Cheese a tiny bit healthier, I started adding fresh spinach. Cheddar and spinach were really made for each other ! This time, I went a step further and made a spinach based cheese sauce and it was delicious.

So, when you’re in the mood for comfort food,  shelve the kraft dinner for the salad spinner!


  • 6 cups pasta (I prefer cavatappi – it’s fluffier and lighter in this dish – but elbow macaroni is also good.)
  • 1 onion VERY finely chopped
  • 3 generous handfuls of spinach ( 1 handful VERY finely chopped, 2 handfuls shredded.)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • salt to taste
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch of paprika


  1. Boil the pasta until al dente.
  2. Over very low heat, melt 2 tbsps of butter in a sauce pan.
  3. Add onion into the butter and saute over low heat until soft and translucent. About 6 – 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in finely chopped spinach and cook for about 1 minute.
  5. Add remaining butter (1 tbsp) then slowly whisk in flour until well incorporated.
  6. Add milk 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Bring to a boil then lower to simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Stir in 1 cup of cheese until well blended.

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8. Mix in cheese sauce with VERY WELL DRAINED pasta and fresh shredded spinach.

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9. Top with remaining cheese ( 1 1/2 cups) and sprinkle with paprika. 

10. Bake for 20 mins at 350 degrees.

11. Raise oven to a broil to finish for no longer than 5 mins.

Watch out, don’t burn it!


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