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Creamy Spinach and Feta Macaroni and Cheese

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

We’d been planning to have a ham for a while. Roasts are a great dinner option, especially for a Monday. We eat it as a meal the first day, and the second day the leftovers get incorporated into something else. Bones get boiled to make soup suppers and there are only two more days to fill in the weekday. Easy peasy.

However, what was giving me trouble was the macaroni I’d decided to make. My independent thinker, also known as a kindergartner, had rebelled against several of my macaroni and cheese attempts in the past. They weren’t orange enough or they had pepper in them. They had melted cheese on the top. Anything and everything was a reason not to touch the creamy goodness.

Tonight, however, I won. I made a homemade macaroni and cheese recipe he could not refuse, and then I smiled at the wonderment of it all. Who knew all it took was the “cut spaghetti” shape to convince the boy that this is what he wanted?

Spinach and Feta Macaroni and Cheese

5 cups fresh spinach
1 lemon, juiced
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 cups milk
kosher salt to taste
1 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 cups cheddar, shredded
3/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
1 pound macaroni-style pasta or cut spaghetti, cooked to al dente

Toss lemon juice and spinach. Heat in microwave or over stove in a small saucepan just until it starts to wilt. Set aside. Over medium heat, melt butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in flour and continue cooking for 3 minutes until lightly browned. Slowly whisk in milk and add in salt and oregano. Begin adding cheddar in small amounts, stirring until melted between each addition. When all the cheese is melted stir in the feta. Mix in cooked macaroni and spinach. Serve immediately sprinkled with extra feta if desired.

Makes 10-12 servings.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson

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Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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12 thoughts on “Creamy Spinach and Feta Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Nancy-The Sensitive Pantry says:

    Love this hot cheesy pasta! With spinach! Would love a steamy bowl right about now.

  2. Amanda says:

    Brilliant I would LOVE to make this and feed it to my kids…and me!! You post the best recipes here… you are the reason I check everyday!!!

  3. Katie | GoodLife Eats says:

    This sounds great, Shaina! I love changing up traditional Mac n Cheese with different flavors, cheeses, and mix-ins.

  4. marla {family fresh coo!king} says:

    Love that you combined cheddar cheese & feta in this Mac and Cheese – looks wonderful!

  5. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Feta cheese and spinach is always a lovely combination. This is a nice variation on an old classic.

  6. Jamie | My Baking Addiction says:

    Great idea, Shaina! This looks and sounds simply delicious.

  7. Cookbook Queen says:

    I love macaroni anything, but this looks ESPECIALLY yummy!!

  8. FoodontheTable says:

    Yum yum yum yum. Healthy mac & cheese!

  9. Wenderly says:

    This has my name all over it! My Yanni will be forever grateful!

  10. jade1977 says:

    It was a good idea but a little bland and way too salty in mine and my boyfriends opinions.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I added cayenne pepper to mine… so delicious! Great recipe!

  12. Claudia says:

    I put a Little bit of the cheese mix and put it in the blender with de spinach. Then I mixed all together and added to the pasta. This way my little angel would not put the spinach aside. It worked wonderfuly!!! It is one of his favourite dishes. I am making it for shcool class this week. Many Thanks !!! Claudia

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