Try this hearty mac and cheese recipe packed with spinach for an easy and delicious way to get some more greens on your dinner plates.
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1 teaspoon butter
450g macaroni pasta
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons plain flour
450g frozen chopped spinach, not thawed
400g grated Cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Method Prep:10min › Cook:50min › Ready in:1hr
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a baking dish with 1 teaspoon butter.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Cook macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.
Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat while macaroni is cooking. Add flour and whisk until incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in a little milk and continue whisking. Pour in remaining milk and add frozen spinach. Cook, whisking constantly, until spinach softens and sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
Remove sauce from heat and stir in 3/4 of the grated cheese; whisk until melted. Season sauce with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Drain macaroni and spread evenly in the prepared baking dish. Cover with spinach-cheese sauce. Mix well. Sprinkle remaining grated cheese on top.
Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.
To finish it off, turn on the oven grill and cook until a golden crust forms on top, about 3 minutes.