If you know me, you know I love macaroni and cheese. This past weekend, it was my turn to cook for the roommates, and once again, I had mac and cheese on the brain. I felt like I cook it so much that they might be sick of the traditional baked kind that I usually make, so I thought I would put a little spin on the old classic. Here's my recipe for Greek style mac and cheese. I am a vegetarian, not a vegan, so I used real cheese, but you could easily substitute vegan cheeses where I used havarti and feta.
Greek Style Mac and Cheese
- 1 lb. elbow macaroni
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 (10 oz.) bag spinach, thinly sliced
- 4 - 8 oz. Kalamata olives, halved (depending on how much you like olives)
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3 Tbs. flour
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup havarti cheese
- 1 (8 oz) container feta cheese
- 1 pita round, broken into very small pieces
1. Cook macaroni as directed on box.
2. While macaroni is cooking, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a medium skillet. Saute the onions for 2-3 minutes, or until soft. Add the spinach and heat until the spinach is wilted. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper and remove from heat.
3. In a medium skillet, heat the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil. Whisk in the flour and nutmeg until the mixture is light brown. You must work quickly in this step so the flour doesn't get chunky or burn.
4. Immediately add the milk, and stir until there are no chunks of flour. Then add the havarti and feta cheeses and stir until melted.
5. In a large bowl, mix in the cheese mixture with the cooked macaroni. Then add the spinach/onion mixture and Kalamata olives.
6. Pour the entire mixture into a casserole dish. If you'd like, sprinkle more cheese on the top, then sprinkle on the broken pita pieces.
7. Bake in the oven for 7-10 min or until the pita pieces are golden brown and crispy.
Enjoy! My roommates loved this delicious spin on an old classic. I thought the nutmeg added just the right touch of flavor. Another yummy addition might be to use sun dried tomatoes, too. You can improvise with ingredients depending on what you like. Opa!
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