Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cheesy Pasta and greens!

The "I like to bake and cook" lady shares this easy recipe courtesy of Woman's Day Magazine.  Enjoy

I enjoyed this.  I made it as the recipe called and I didn't care for the nutmeg.. so Next time I'm eliminated the nutmeg!

12 oz. medium pasta shells or any medium size pasta(I used occehiette pasta)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg(optional)
pinch cayenne(optional)
6 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese grated (1 1/2 cups)
salt and pepper
1 bunch spinach, cleaned and stems discarded, roughly chopped

Cook pasta according to directions.
In a pot melt butter over medium heat, add flour and cook, stirring for 2 minutes, whisk in milk.
Cook stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 5 minutes.
Whisk in the mustard, nutmeg, cayenne if using, 1 cup cheddar, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper..Add the pasta and spinach..and toss to combine. Note:  If you don't like nutmeg..eliminate it!

Heat broiler..Transfer mixture to 1 1/2 qt. broiler proof baking dish..Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar and broil until golden brown..3 to 4 minutes.


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