An old-school classic gets a boost of nutrition and flavor from garlicky spinach and tomatoes in this healthy mac and cheese recipe.

Andrea Kirkland M.S., RD
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Fall 2019

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Cook macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and 1/4 tsp salt; cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually add spinach, stirring until wilted and adding 1 Tbsp. water at a time, if needed. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

  • Add tomatoes to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until they begin to soften, about 1 minute. Transfer to the bowl with the spinach mixture.

  • Reduce heat to medium and add butter to the pan. When the butter has melted, whisk in flour, pepper, and the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk and broth. Cook, whisking, until thickened and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in 3/4 cup cheese until melted.

  • Add the macaroni and sauce to the bowl with the spinach mixture; mix well. Transfer to an 11x7-inch baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

  • Bake until the cheese is melted, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

407 calories; protein 18.4g 37% DV; carbohydrates 55.9g 18% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 5.1g 20% DV; sugars 5.5g; fat 12.7g 20% DV; saturated fat 5.7g 28% DV; cholesterol 24.5mg 8% DV; vitamin a iu 5124.9IU 103% DV; vitamin c 28mg 47% DV; folate 20.2mcg 5% DV; calcium 366.5mg 37% DV; iron 4.4mg 24% DV; magnesium 67.9mg 24% DV; potassium 133.8mg 4% DV; sodium 725mg 29% DV.

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01/21/2020
Love this- great technique making the cheese sauce with half stock. A couple of things I did differently: I mixed the macaroni and veggies together and strained out any liquid I added 3 tablespoons of panko and I finished it under the broiler. Really satisfying for the calories. Read More