This is a huge recipe. Not that’s it’s terribly complicated, but it makes a lot. Next time I make a batch for just me, I’ll also keep track of the recipe just for that. When I cook, I rarely – if ever – take any measurements. And I almost never make mac and cheese the same way twice. So here we go! Last night’s batch.
1/3 cup finely chopped spinach
1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
1 cup of a shredded cheese blend (I used Italiano)
3/4 cup Cheez Whiz
3/4 cup greek yogurt
2 cups milk
1 tbsp margarine
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp oil (I use Becel oil)
JUST over 3 cups elbow macaroni
Bring to boil a large pot of lightly salted water. Add about oil to prevent pasta from sticking. Cook pasta until just tender (the pasta will continue cooking a bit later on, so don’t over-do it). Strain pasta, leave to the side.
Return pot to the burner, putting the heat at just a bit higher than medium. Drop the margarine into the pot and move it around until it has melted. Add one tablespoon of the flour to this, and stir-stir-stir, until it looks doughy. This is the roux which becomes the base of the sauce.
*Side note* Rouxs are amazing. They can become the base of so many different sauces and it’s such an easy skill to learn, and a great tool to have.
Add the milk to the roux, and stir-stir-stir again. As you’re waiting for the sauce to thicken, add in a pinch each of onion powder and pepper, to taste. If the sauce is not thickening, just continue to add a little bit more of the extra flour on hand. Once the sauce thickens, toss in the spinach, the Cheez Whiz, and the greek yogurt. Get that all mixed up until the Whiz in particular is now creamy. Next, add the cubed and shredded cheeses and mix until they’re completely melted. Finally, you can now add the pasta back to the pot. Combine the pasta and sauce until it is well-coated, and then you’re ready to serve.
This served 4 adults and 1 child, although we didn’t eat anything else with it. We didn’t need to. It was delicious. Also…this is obviously not the healthiest of meals, but with macaroni and cheese I feel like you should go big or go home.