Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese

Now that lent has started, I’m on the the lookout for good meatless recipes.  I’m not normally a huge fan of Rachael Ray (sorry Mo!!) but I had the day off the other day and flipped her on… she was making a spinach and artichoke dip inspired mac and cheese that sounded so good I knew I would have to steal the idea. Her recipe can be found here. The fontina-parmasean combination really wasn’t working for me- the dip has a tangyness to it that was going to be missing. There was really also no way to lighten it up using those cheese. I also added a breadcrumb topping because I felt like it was silly to have “dip” without some bread.

This reheats beautifully in the microwave, and can be easily served as a main dish or a side dish.

  • 1 lb pasta (I used what was left from a few boxes- made for a nice mixture)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T.  flour
  • 1/2 c white wine
  • 2 c. milk (I used fat free)
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 can water-packed artichokes, quartered
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 c. reduced fat Mozzarella, shredded (reserve a little for the top)
  • 1/2 brick reduced fat or fat free cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. bread cubes
  • 1 tsp butter, melted

1. Boil pasta in well salted water, according to package directions.

2. Melt butter in a very large pot. Sautee onion and garlic until soft. Add flour and cook 1 minute. Add wine. Cook 3 minutes.

3. Add milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add vegetables. Cook until spinach is wilted. Add cheeses, stirring well until melted and combined with sauce.

4. Toss bread cubes in melted butter to coat.

5. Drain pasta. Toss with sauce. Transfer to a casserole dish. Top with reserved cheese and bread cubes. Bake at 350 until top brown and cheese bubbles- about 30 minutes.

Serves 8.

blog-award

Also, I would like to thank my beautiful friends, Mo and Sarah for giving me this blogging award. I’m supposed to bestow this on 5 people, so here goes:

Albany Jane over at Albany Eats!, Lori at What I’m Eating, Heather at A Healthier Me, Tina at Daily Pointers, and Rana at Q-Tips and Mammoths.

Comments

  1. Whee! A blog award! It’s great to know that my ramblings amuse somebody else other than me. :)

    I, deep inside my black heart, actually watch RR and enjoy her on occasions. I dislike her personality, but her recipes I can usually use with some variations. I also like how she is dressed for the show generally.

  2. you keep me very amused. :)

    She is cute, but she drives me nuts. I’ve found that her recipes are very hit or miss- sometimes they look awesome and sometimes they look downright gross.

  3. Looks great Lauren or should I say Splendid!

  4. haha Sarah. I love word that that. I once told my (grad school) professor that his syllabus was “fabulous”

  5. Thank you for the award!

  6. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    An excellent way to make mac & cheese healthy by adding veggies – great idea!

  7. MMMMMM…. this pasta dish looks so yummie:)!!!!!

  8. That recipe looks DELISH

  9. Lori- you’re welcome! you’re blog is very inspirational.
    Natasha, Sophie, and CG- thanks!

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