Thursday, August 22, 2013

Spinach Artichoke Mac & Cheese

What's not to love about mac & cheese? It's simple, covered in cheese and basically the ultimate comfort food.

Last night, Olallie MKE hosted a 5-Ingredient Healthy Recipe meet-up so I decided to slightly tweak my favorite mac & cheese recipe to make it a tad healthier. This version has more than five ingredients but is so simple to make that an extra item or two doesn't really make a difference. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal or side as it requires very little prep - no having to cook any pasta or vegetables in advance!

Spinach Artichoke Mac & Cheese
*Serves 8-10

1/2 stick salted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups macaroni pasta, uncooked
1 can artichokes, drained, rinsed and chopped
10oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
2 cups reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cayenne pepper
1 quart 2-percent milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add melted butter to a 9x13 casserole dish. Top with an even layer of the uncooked macaroni. On top, add even layers of the chopped artichokes, spinach and shredded cheese. Sprinkle with the garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Pour the milk on top.

Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.

I'd love to know - what's your favorite 5-ingredient recipe? Share in the comments below!

- ST


  1. I want to lick my screen! This sounds great. Will be a perfect autumn Sunday dinner type of dish :)

  2. This sounds delicious! Definitely adding it to my to-make list... yum!