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Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese

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Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 8
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Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

3 1/2
cups jack cheese
1
cup Pecorino
2
boxes frozen chopped spinach
2
Jars marinated artichoke hearts
2 1/2
cups milk
1 1/2
cups sour cream
1
box (8 oz) cream cheese
1
box pasta
3
pitas

Directions

  • 1 Mix the milk, sour cream, and cream cheese and whisk until combined.
  • 2 Add the jack and Pecorino and mix.
  • 3 Cook the pasta, strain, and add to the milk/cheese mixture. Mix well until creamy.
  • 4 Thaw the spinach and squeeze out extra liquids. Strain and chop artichokes. Add to the pasta mixture and mix well.
  • 5 Pour pasta mixture into a large baking dish or individual sized oven safe bowls.
  • 6 Chop pita into small pieces. Toss with olive oil and salt. Top pasta with pita.
  • 7 Bake at 400°F for around 30-40 minutes until pita is well browned.
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Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

My hobby is turning things into mac and cheese, and turning mac and cheese into other things.


It’s a bit of an obsession (more on this next week). Today's subject is spinach and artichoke dip, the popular appetizer that is served with pita chips at many restaurants.

Spinach artichoke dip is so similar to mac and cheese that I am surprised I haven't made this Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese already! It’s cheesy, creamy, and baked, just like all homemade mac and cheese should be.

I took a standard spinach and artichoke dip recipe, upped the cheeses, and added milk and pasta. To finish it off, I added chopped pita to the top of the dish before baking to create a crunchy pita chip crust.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

The sauce.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

After mixing in pasta, it gets creamy and delicious! Normally when I make mac and cheeses, I start with a roux and make a Béchamel cheese sauce. It’s a lot of work! This method was much easier and still produced delicious creamy sauce.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

I like a lot of spinach and artichoke. If you like less, you can halve the amounts in the recipe.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

Good enough to eat, but not so fast!

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

I got these nice mini Dutch ovens so people could have individual servings like you get at restaurants.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

Then I just filled the rest into a larger baking dish.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

Chop up pita and toss in olive oil and salt.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

Cover your pasta with the pita.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

It comes out of the oven as crispy pita chips!

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese Recipe

Cheesy!



Dan Whalen is always looking for new ways to make mac and cheese. He has over 15 versions of it on his website The Food In My Beard; check Dan’s Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!

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