Quinoa and spinach mac & cheese

 

Say hello to your new comfort food! Surprisingly, quinoa is an exceptional ingredient to add to mac and cheese. A much healthier option than the traditional version, this recipe is most definitely Popeye approved.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 8 ounces, white shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 bunches baby spinach
  • ½ cups parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¾ cups panko bread crumbs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan, add 3 tablespoons of butter and flour and heat over medium heat. Whisk continuously until paste forms. Whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium/high and bring to a boil whisking the whole time. Stir in nutmeg, salt and cheddar cheese. When cheese sauce is smooth, remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cooked quinoa, cheese sauce and spinach.
  • Transfer the mixture into a casserole dish. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the butter and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
  • Bake on 350 degrees until bubbly, about 20 minutes.

 

Photo credit: Michael Litchfield

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