Sneaky macaroni and cheese

By admin
26 June 2014

Are you looking for a clever way to put more veggies in your children’s meals? Try this sneaky macaroni and cheese – sneaky because there’s spinach in it.

  • Serves 4
  • Preparation time: about 20 min
  • Cooking time: about 30 min

You’ll need:

  • 350 g elbow macaroni
  • 100 g spinach
  • 50 g butter
  • 60 ml (¼ c) flour
  • 750 ml (3 c) milk
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 125 ml (½ c) Edam cheese, grated

Do this:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
  2. Cook the macaroni in salted water until al dente (cooked but firm to the bite). Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile chop the spinach finely and set aside.
  4. Heat the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Stir until a paste forms and cook for at least 2 minutes.
  5. Add the milk to the paste and stir until a thin white sauce forms. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Simmer the sauce for about 5 minutes until done, stirring continuously.
  7. Mix the cooked macaroni with two thirds of the white sauce.
  8. Transfer half the macaroni mixture to a large ovenproof dish and top with the chopped spinach.
  9. Spoon the rest of the macaroni mixture on top of the spinach and pour over the remaining white sauce.
  10. Arrange the tomatoes on top of the macaroni and sprinkle over the cheese.
  11. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and done.

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