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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach

I seem to always have a question in my mind when I'm thinking about what to cook. "Would my children eat this?" They are not picky children, but they are still very small.  I do try to introduce them to a variety of cuisines as much as possible, but it is not always easy to find suitable dishes, especially when one of them has only 10 teeth.  I try to make sure I cook something that is attractive for everybody.  I do the usual pasta dishes once a week or so, but I do get bored of cooking pasta the usual way sometimes and I need a change.  This time I decided to try the famous mac and cheese, but I wanted to add some vegetables in it to make a little bit more balanced meal for the children.  This is quite an easy recipe and kids love it.  You can always try with other kind of vegetables or cheese.  

300 g pasta (cornetti type)
about 300 g of cooked spinach (you can use fresh or frozen)
100 g Gorgonzola cheese - chopped into little pieces
50 g Mozzarella - chopped into little pieces
70 g grated Parmesan
250 ml milk (about a cup of milk)
2 eggs
salt and pepper
15 gr butter - chopped into little pieces
4-5 fresh basil leaves - roughly chopped

Start with cooking your pasta as usual by following the instructions on the package.  When it's cooked drain and leave it to cool for a while.  In a separate bowl, whisk two eggs, milk, some salt and pepper.  Take a gratin or baking dish and put your pasta, spinach, Gorgonzola, most of the Parmesan (leave about a tablespoon of it for later), basil and egg mixture in and mix them all together.  Next, put the Mozzarella pieces and sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan over, then put the bits of butter on top.  Bake it in a preheated oven at 180° C(356° F) for about 35-40 minutes.  I would check with a fork if it's done inside as well before taking it out.  It goes really well with a mixed salad.  Enjoy!


  1. Wonderful dish. I would be happy to eat that. Cheers!

  2. what a great mac & cheese..I love the spinach in it, and especially love the gorgonzola..

  3. Thanks for your comments guys. I am always happy to hear from you all.