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Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Spinach

Ah,,, Baked Macaroni & Cheese,,, another of those items I love to cook, and often do. The recipe changes every time I make Mac & Cheese. Depending on what I have in the house.

Start by bringing a huge pot of water to a swift boil. Now Salt to taste, this is one of few times I am liberal with the amount of Salt I use. Dump in 16 oz. of Elbow Macaroni (you can use other Pasta shapes, I do some times, however Elbow Macaroni is classic!) Cook your pasta about 7 or 8 minutes. The package will say more, but this will finish cooking in the oven. Stir pasta frequently while it cooks, this will keep it from sticking together. Drain pasta and set aside.

 

While pasta is cooking get out a huge Mix Bowl.  Use a scissor and snip to shred 9 oz of Fresh Spinach into the huge bowl.

 

Medium chop so you have about 1 1/2  cups Green, Yellow and Red Bell Pepper, also chop one medium Yellow Onion, about 1/4 cup Pasilla Pepper, one bunch of Green Onion, and 3 tablespoon Garlic. Saute this in about 2 or 3 seconds of Olive Oil. When opaque Dump this into huge bowl on top of the Spinach.

 

Now come the Cheese! I always use at least 3 different types of cheese, ending with about 32 oz total. This time I’ve cut into 1/8 inch cubes the following cheese; 16 oz. Fresh Mozzarella, 10 oz. Cacique Enchilado Cheese and 6 oz. of Feta Cheese. Put the Cheese into the huge bowl! Using your hands mix everything up so it’s all well distributed.

 

Now the sauce. This time around I use a 15 oz. jar of Crema Casera, which is a Mexican style table cream. Into this I beat two eggs. Now add your seasoning. Liberal amounts of Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, Smokey Paprika, Harissa ( or your choice of Chili Powder, Cheyenne etc…) and Nutmeg. Mix this well and pour on top of Pasta mixture. Again use hands to mix all up!

 

Put mixture into a well greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes uncovered. Remove form oven, cover with foil and bake another 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool about 15 minutes and serve!

 

Use this recipe as a guideline; use different Cheese, Spices, Veggies, etc,,,

 

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach!

 

 

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