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Macaroni Cheese with Spinach and Artichoke

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This macaroni cheese with spinach and artichoke is the perfect rich, gooey and delicious comfort food for your family dinner.

Classic thanksgiving recipe and comfort food, this mac & cheese is an epic dish that is ready in just 20 minutes.

Also, this delicious recipe is great for enticing your kids and even adults to eat their greens.

spoonful of macaroni cheese with spinach and artichoke

Although is a fairly simple homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe that you can make in just 20 minutes.

Here are a few tips to make the perfect Macaroni cheese with spinach and artichoke

What cheese is best in mac and cheese?

We suggest using melting cheeses to achieve better results when making mac and cheese.

The best cheeses are:

  • Cheddar
  • Part-skimmed mozzarella
  • Gruyere
  • Parmesan
  • Gouda

You can also use different types of cheese that will also add an extra flavor to your dish like

  • Gorgonzola/blue cheese
  • Monterrey Jack
  • Brie

What is the best seasoning to put in mac and cheese?

Most of the flavors everyone loves in the mac and cheese pasta come from the cheese and the time spent in the oven to a golden brown. Some seasonings are important but they won’t be so effective if you skip that baking part.

Here are some ideas:

  • Garlic in nature or powder
  • Onions in nature or powder
  • Oregano
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Truffles

How do you make mac and cheese gooey?

Our process of making mac and cheese gooey is super simple. Simply use whole milk to cook the pasta! The whole milk will reduce its liquids and form a gooey coating over the pasta.

The next super important thing is using a lot of cheese! Don’t be shy as this is important to make the perfect gooey mac and cheese that everyone will love.

Cooking Time

  • Cooking: 15 minutes
  • Preparation: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes

Servings

  • 4 servings

Equipment

  • Large Cast Iron Skillet

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Ingredients list

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 oz spinach
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3 cups of whole milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste 
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded part skimmed mozzarella cheese, divided

ingredients to make macaroni cheese with spinach and artichoke

How to make Artichoke Spinach Mac & Cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 392º F / 200° C.
  2. Bring a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add the butter to melt, add garlic and stir with a rubber spatula until fragrant, for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, followed by artichoke hearts. Cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Slowly add the milk, salt, and pepper. Stir until starts boiling.
  5. Add the macaroni pasta and cook until the milk reduces its liquids and coats the macaroni as a glaze.
  6. Add the cheddar and 2 cups of mozzarella, stirring until completely melted.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top.
  8. Take the skillet to the oven and bake for around 7 minutes, until the cheese bubbles and is nicely golden brown.

Storage

To store the mac and cheese, keep it in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Suitable for home freezing for up to 3 months.

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Macaroni Cheese With Spinach And Artichoke

This macaroni cheese with spinach and artichoke is the perfect rich, gooey and delicious comfort food for your family dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 307 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 5 oz spinach
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts drained
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese part-skimmed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 392º F / 200° C.
  • Bring a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add the butter to melt, add garlic and stir with a rubber spatula until fragrant, for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the spinach and cook until wilted, followed by artichoke hearts. Cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Slowly add the milk, salt, and pepper. Stir until starts boiling.
  • Add the macaroni pasta and cook until the milk reduces its liquids and coats the macaroni as a glaze.
  • Add the cheddar and 2 cups of mozzarella, stirring until completely melted.
  • Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top.
  • Take the skillet to the oven and bake for around 7 minutes, until the cheese bubbles and is nicely golden brown.

Notes

Storage: To store the mac and cheese, keep it in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
Suitable for home freezing for up to 3 months.
 
Keyword artichoke, baked pasta,, cheddar, cheese, mac and cheese, macaroni, main course, milk, mozzarella, spinach, vegetarian

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