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Mac and Cheese Florentine Recipe

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Course: Main Course
Total Time: Under 4 Hours
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
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Mac and Cheese Florentine

This yummy comfort-food casserole is so rich and flavorful, it’s hard to believe it’s good for you. The creamy sauce is made with puréed white beans and cashews, resulting in loads of protein and flavor without a speck of dairy. The addition of spinach makes it an easy one-dish meal that is especially suited to lazy summer suppers when you might enjoy a comforting casserole but don’t want to turn on the oven.

Yield: Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • One 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, cooked according to package instructions and well drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted raw cashews
  • 1¾ cups water
  • 1½ cups slow-cooked or one 15.5-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Salt
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs

Directions

1. Cook the macaroni in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the spinach and toss to combine. Set aside.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium-size skillet over medium heat, add the onion, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

3. Grind the cashews to a powder in a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup of the water and blend until smooth. Add the onion, beans, miso paste, if using, the remaining ¾ cup water, the lemon juice, mustard, cayenne, and nutmeg and season with salt. (The amount of salt you need depends on whether or not you use the miso paste, which tends to be salty.) Blend until smooth, then taste to adjust the seasonings. Pour the sauce over the macaroni and spinach and mix well.

4. Transfer the mixture to a lightly oiled 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 3 hours.

5. Close to serving time, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs, stirring to coat them with the oil. Cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. When ready to serve, sprinkle the toasted crumbs on top of the casserole.


© 2004 Robin Robertson
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.

568kcal (28%)
614mg (26%)
87g
11g
16g (24%)
0g
3g (13%)
9g
3g
0mg (0%)
5g
23g
192mg
1041mg
419mcg RAE (14%)
7mg (12%)
222mg (22%)
8mg (46%)

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