Greek Style Mac and Cheese

Today I am guest posting over at Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen. I am sharing my Greek Style mac and Cheese. It’s got havarti with dill, feta, kalamata olives, fresh spinach, capers, and even sun-dried tomatoes. It combines my son’s two favorite things, mac and cheese and olives. It is beyond good and perfect as a main course. You can find the step by step photos and instructions here.

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Greek Style Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

1 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
One 10 ounce bag fresh bagged spinach, roughly chopped
generous pinch of salt
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups grated Havarti cheese with dill , or regular Havarti plus 1 tablespoon fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
One 8 ounce package feta cheese, crumbled
1 - 12 ounce jar Kalamata olives, chopped
1 tablespoon capers
2 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs or panko crumbs

Directions:

1. Preheat oven broiler to low. In a large pot, cook the macaroni pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Swirl in 1 tablespoon olive oil and add onions. Saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for an additional 2 - 3 minutes. Add spinach and salt. Continue to saute until spinach is wilted. Remove spinach mixture from pan and set aside.

3. Wipe the skillet dry and return to the stove over medium heat. Swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to skillet. When the oil is hot, whisk in the flour. Continue to whisk while adding a generous pinch of salt, pepper and nutmeg. Whisk over medium heat until flour smells nutty and is a light golden color. Whisk in milk and bring mixture to a boil while stirring frequently. This mixture will thicken. Simmer for about 5 minutes then remove from burner and stir in the Havarti cheese until the cheese is melted. Add feta and whisk, feta will get melty, but will stay in chunks.

3. Spoon in the sauteed spinach mixture, chopped olives, capers and sun-dried tomatoes. In a casserole dish, combine all of the ingredients with the macaroni. Mix well and top with bread crumbs. Brown under broiler for about 5 minutes before serving.

4 Responses to “Greek Style Mac and Cheese”

  1. 1
    cctv installers — March 28, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    Thanks, I tried this today and even my fussy eater of a daughter loved it. Its a great way to get her to eat spinach.

  2. 2
    MJ — March 28, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    This sounds great! In reading your post about not having room to garden, I thought I’d pass along something I came across today – something you might want to try while waiting on ‘space’ for a more traditional garden. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjY3C81zSZM

  3. 3
    Kristen — March 29, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    Gorgeous photos of a delicious looking recipe!

  4. 4
    Peter L. Zachar — April 1, 2011 @ 1:20 am

    (Love mac 'n' cheese!) RT @EclecticRecipes Greek Style Mac and Cheese http://goo.gl/fb/71NpV

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