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Friday, May 10

SWEET POTATO AND SPINACH MAC & CHEESE

Happy Friday everyone! This will not be my usual Friday Treats post, but I wanted to share this recipe that I recently found on Naturally Ella. Since E's a big fan of mac and cheese and I've been a big fan of one dish meals (especially as we're anxiously awaiting baby #2 to make his appearance soon), I was super excited when I came across this meal.  

I did simplify her recipe a little though and added panko for that extra crunch that our family loves on our mac & cheese. Hope you all will enjoy this dish as much as we did!



Ingredients
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 5 C farfalle pasta
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 1½ C 2% milk
  • salt (depending on the type of cheese you use (ie. parmesan), you may leave out the salt)
  • 1½ C white cheddar + colby jack, shredded
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 C panko crumbs


Directions

Preheat the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boil the sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes or until tender. I used a Japanese sweet potato which was white on the inside. Drain and then puree them in a food processor with 1/4 C of milk until smooth.  Set aside. 

Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente (do not overcook!) Rinse under cool water and set aside. 

In a medium-sized sauce pan, melt 2 T of butter over medium heat. Add the grated garlic and quickly move it around the pan until it's lightly browned. Slowly whisk in the flour to make the roux. Pour in the rest of the milk and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken. Add in the sweet potato puree and mix well until hot.  Remove the pan from the stove and stir in 1½ C of cheese. Salt to desired taste. 

In a large casserole dish, combine the pasta, sweet potato/cheese mixture and spinach. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese over the top.  

Melt the remaining 2 T of butter in a small sauce pan. Remove from heat and pour in the panko crumbs. Mix well until the crumbs are well-coated and crispy.  Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the dish.  

Bake on the medium rack for 25 minutes until the crumb topping's golden brown. Enjoy!


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great way to change up a popular recipe. I'm going to have to try this out soon. Thanks for sharing, Weiya!

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