confession: mac and cheese is kind of a default meal in our house. on nights when we don’t get back from the gym until 8 or 8:30, the last thing i want to do is cook an elaborate meal – boiling carbs and stirring fats is about the extent of my capabilities.
usually we just go for boxed standbys but when i was forwarded this recipe that originally appeared on “cooking ala mel,” i knew i had to try it. it is wicked easy to make and is way healthier than the processed kraft product we would usually favor (although the pasta isn’t shaped like spongebob which is a notable con). i love that she used spinach, and think that steamed broccoli or chard would also be great here. overall the dish was definitely not as cheesy as traditional mac and cheese – the yogurt cuts down on a lot of that. i also sprinkled some italian bread crumbs on top because adding a little crunch to my mac and cheese is mandatory.
creamy greek yogurt macaroni and cheese
(adapted from cooking ala mel)
ingredients (makes 2 portions)
- 1 1/4 cup small pasta (i used spirals)
- 1 1/4 cup shredded cheese (i used a sharp cheddar)
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- italian bread crumbs
- cook macaroni according to package until al dente
- place the spinach in the bottom of a strainer and pour the cooked pasta over top to drain and wilt the spinach. set aside about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. return cooked macaroni and wilted spinach to the pot, shaking a bit to even distribute.
- add a splash of reserved pasta water to the pot and stir in the shredded cheese until melted. stir in the greek yogurt, onion and garlic powders, and salt and pepper. stir until smooth and creamy. add remaining pasta water as needed to thin and bring to desired consistency.
- sprinkle with bread crumbs. serve immediately.
also pictured is jonathan franzen’s “freedom,” which i just finished on saturday. has anybody else read that? i loved the shift in perspectives and how those passages melded together to tell the overall story. i think there were some flaws, but i definitely see what all the hype was about 4 years ago!