Baked Macaroni with CheeseI know what you think. How this simple dish can wow your partner or family? Easy! When cooked properly, baked macaroni with cheese are amazingly delicious and hearty. Plus, you can add your favorite ingredients to it and use different types of cheese to make it tastier.
- Cuisine: American;
- Category: Side Dish;
- Serves: 4 to 6;
- Prep Time:15 min;
- Cook time:45 min;
- Nutrition Per Serving: 395;
- 2 cups macaroni
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese, optional
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 package fresh or frozen spinach, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 3/4 cups low-fat milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs, optional
Preheat your oven to 450°F.
In a small bowl whisk 1/4 cup milk and 3 tablespoons of flour until smooth. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a saucepan until steaming, add your milk-and-flour mixture to it and cook, whisking it, about 3 minutes or until it simmers and thickens. Turn off the heat, stir in cheese and cottage cheese until melted. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to your sauce.
Place a pot of water on to boil and cook macaroni for 4 minutes. Drain well, add to your sauce and mix well.
Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half the macaroni mixture, place the spinach on top, and then spread the remaining macaroni. Mix paprika, olive oil, and breadcrumbs in a small bowl, and sprinkle your macaroni with this mixture.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.