Friday, September 23, 2011

Cheesy macaroni with Spinach


Hello all!!! I hope you are all doing well and getting ready for the up coming weekend. As for me, I am still going around with some cold and a bad throat which i can say is a little better. This cold has affected me so badly, that for the past two days, I just cooked some simple meals and slept like and along with Purvi. Today, I got so bored of eating the same old rasam and sambar that I decided to make something a little different but an easy dish at the same time. I had this bunch of spinach that was staring at me for a long time now. I decided to mix it along with the macaroni that was also staring at me for a long time. I must say the results were just spectacular. I guess anything with cheese will taste spectacular.
This recipe has been adapted from the recipegirl.com. I have made quite a few changes to the original recipe by cutting down on the cheese and fat. I did this only because, I had to think of my ailing throat as well. However, I was surprised to see that these changes did not change the flavour of the dish at all. To me this is a new comfort food that healthy as well tasty.


Cheesy macaroni with Spinach recipe
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 10min
Serves- 2-3

Ingredients:

Elbow macaroni- 1 cup
Butter- 2tsp
Milk- 1 cup
Spinach- 1 cup, tightly packed
Salt to taste
Cheese- 2 slices, torn
All purpose flour- 2tsp
Onion- 1 small, finely chopped
Oil- 2tsp
Pepper- 1/4tsp



Method:
  • Cook the macaroni as per the package instructions. Cool and keep aside.
  • For the white sauce, heat the butter in a pan and add the all purpose flour.
  • Saute for two mins till the mixture bubbles and take off the heat.
  • Add the milk gradually while stirring continuously to avoid the formation of lumps.
  • Put the pan back on the fire and add the cheese and mix thoroughly. 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and take off the heat.
  • Heat oil in another pan and add the chopped onions.
  • Fry till they turn pink and add the chopped spinach.
  • Saute till the spinach is tender and add the cooked macaroni and the sauce and mix well.
  • Check for salt and take off the heat.
  • Serve hot as is or with more grated cheese on top.

17 comments :

  1. Hope you feel better. That definitely looks like a dish that could cheer you up when you are feeling a little blue :)
    USMasala

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  2. looks delicious and super vibrant....tempting clicks..

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  3. Delicious and tempting looking macaroni. Wonderfully prepared.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. I'm sorry that you are still not well! I hope that the macaroni helps with your recovery - it looks delicious!

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  5. pasta looks so creamy n super delicious..would like to have a bite from it..

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  6. loooks creamy and delicious...

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  7. Healthy and a yummy pasta , with cheese it will be extra delicious

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  8. Looks very yummy & creamy........feel better soon.

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  9. Incredible dish, even i love to feed my teddies like this way with spinach..

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  10. Lovely pasta and I like that you've economized on the butter and subbed milk for cream :)

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  11. A cheesy, mouthwatering delight without the overload of cheese!!! Love it dear..:))
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  12. i love macroni...and this one seems simply delectable...gr8 recipe...gr8 blog...
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    do stop by mine sometime..
    http://srivastavacharu.blogspot.com/2011/09/healthy-bites.html

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  13. Get well soon Nishi...
    Me too just recovering from a bad case of sore throat etc, can totally empathize with you..
    I make a similar spinach mac & cheese (which I call Popeye mac & cheese) for my little girl, in my efforts to sneak in some veggies.. surprisingly she loves it!

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