Yes, GREEN mac ‘n cheese. That’s right. Don’t knock it til you try it.
What makes it green? One of the best super foods known to man, Kale!!!
Hold on a minute, don’t stop reading yet, Kale is totally underrated. Considering it is such a fantastic super food, it should be as common in our meals as carrots and broccoli. But, it doesn’t get it’s time in the limelight like it should. So give it a chance.
Didn’t your mama always get you to eat your veggies by adding cheese to them? Cauliflower and cheese, broccoli and cheese, potatoes au gratin. Did you like it that way? Of course you did! Unless you are lactose intolerant or worse, a cheese hater! To those folks, I am sorry, but this recipe may not be for you.
Kale has fantastic nutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids, lutein, calcium, vitamin A, C, K, iron, beta-carotein…
So, why not find a place for it on your dinner plate? I puree it, freeze it and keep it handy for just that.
One of my favorite foods, okay, my all time favorite food, is Mac ‘n Cheese. However, it isn’t the healthiest food option. So, to help make my favorite food nutrient packed, I add Kale. I like to balance the bad with good. 😉
Give Kale a chance!
1 bunch kale, stems removed, cleaned and pureed
12oz spiral pasta
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
12 oz sharp white cheddar, grated
3/4 cups seasoned bread crumbs
Prep kale for puree. Wash and pat dry. Remove kale leaves from stems by running hands from bottom of stem to top. Or use a knife to cut leafs from stem. Roughly chop up kale. Put in a microwave safe bowl, w/a little water and cover with wrap. Cook on high about 1-1 1/2 minutes, just until kale begins to wilt a little. Put kale into blender and puree. Set aside, should yield, about 1-2 cups.
Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain. Set aside.
Make rue for cheese sauce. Return empty pasta pot back to burner. Set on medium heat and melt butter and whisk in flour until it all pulls together as a paste. Quickly whisk in the milk until thickened. Add grated cheese and stir until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add kale. Add pasta. Mix well.
Pour pasta and cheese sauce into a greased/sprayed casserole pan. Sprinkle with extra cheese and bread crumbs. Spray with olive oil, bake at 350 about 30 minutes, until bubbly and cheese and bread crumbs brown.