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Better than Macaroni and Cheese

 
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Much better than classic Macaroni and Cheese. This version still has lots of cheesy flavor but is baked with juicy tomatoes and lots of mushrooms. Serve with a simple salad and make with whole wheat macaroni for a serious boost to the health value that's packed with flavor. A great family casserole.

Yield

10

servings

Prep

28

min

Cook

62

min

Ready

92

min

Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
 

Ingredients

1 pound pasta, elbow macaroni
prefer whole wheat
2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic
minced, or as needed
1 medium onions
chopped
½ pound mushrooms
quartered, any kind or several kinds mixture
14.5 ounces tomatoes
diced, 1 can
10 ounces spinach, frozen
thawed and and drained of excess liquid, 1 package
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
or to taste
*
½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
plus 1/3 cup
¼ cup romano cheese
plus 1/3 cup
*
2 tablespoons butter
divided
12 ounces mozzarella cheese
cubed
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
freshly ground
*

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350℉ (180℃).

Bring large pot of salted water to a boil.

Add pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta.

In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.

Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic.

Cook until mushrooms are tender and onion is golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, spinach, and red pepper flakes.

Mix well and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.

In small bowl, mix together bread crumbs, ¼ cup Parmesan, and ¼ cup Romano.

Spread softened butter in 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish and sprinkle half of the bread crumb mixture inside the dish to coat.

In large bowl combine vegetable mixture with cooked macaroni, cubed mozzarella, remaining Parmesan and Romano cheeses, and nutmeg.

Spoon into prepared baking dish, top with remaining bread crumb mixture, and dot top with remaining butter.

Bake until top is golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

Cool slightly and serve warm.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Comments

Issaquah, United States
 over 1 year ago

In this recipe for Better than Macaroni and Cheese it's unclear whether the Parmesan and Romano cheeses are fresh-grated or the dry-grated that comes in a container. Please specify. Thanks.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 172g (6.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 35732% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 319mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars g
Protein 35g
Vitamin A 37% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 34% Iron 8%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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