Spectacular Mac and Cheese Recipe
4 -6
  • 3 tablespoon(s) panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon(s) paprika
  • 1 package(s) (110-ounce) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1¾ cup(s) 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup(s) grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon of Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounce pasta - round pasta ( any style you like)
  1. Preheat the oven to 450
  2. Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta. Make sure not to completely cook and drain the pasta since it will continue to cook in the cheese sauce.
  3. In a small bowl mix, breadcrumbs, oil, cayenne pepper, and paprika and mix.
  4. Cook spinach according to package directions -- press out excess water.
  5. In a large saucepan - heat 1.5 cups of milk. In a small bowl whisk ¼ cup milk and flour in a small bowl. Add to the hot milk -- keep mixing till sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar till melted. Add cottage cheese, nutmeg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  6. Add pasta to cheese sauce. In a casserole dish add ½ pasta and cheese. Spoon spinach on top. Top with the remaining pasta and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  7. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
Recipe by Budget Savvy Diva at https://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/10/spectacular-mac-cheese-recipe/