Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese

This lightened-up but still creamy version of macaroni and cheese is full of protein--an impressive 29 grams per serving-quite an accomplishment[ for a vegetarian meal. The whole-wheat pasta, spinach and artichoke hearts add their vitamin, mineral and fiber superpowers.]

Total Time:
50 min
10 min
10 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed shredded low-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed grated Parmesan
  • One 6-ounce bag baby spinach (about 6 heaping cups)
  • One 9-ounce box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Special equipment: a broiler-safe 2-quart baking dish

  • Position an oven rack at the center of the oven, and preheat the broiler.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta water; strain the pasta.

  • Wipe out the pot. Add the butter, and melt over medium heat. Add the shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the flour, and whisk constantly until it begins to toast, about 2 minutes. (The flour will form a thick paste, but that's okay; just keep it moving in the pot.) Whisk in the milk and the reserved pasta water, and whisk constantly until the mixture is thick like gravy, 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk in the sour cream, 2/3 cup of the mozzarella, the Swiss cheese and 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan. Once the cheeses have melted, add the spinach, and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in the artichoke hearts, pasta, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Transfer to a broiler-safe 2-quart baking dish.

  • Stir together the remaining 1/3 cup mozzarella and 3 tablespoons Parmesan in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the pasta. Broil until golden and bubbly, about 2 minutes.

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