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Green Mac and Cheese without Food Coloring Recipe

Make all things green this St. Patrick's day, including our green mac and cheese without food coloring!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli mac and cheese, Healthy macaroni and cheese, How to make food green without food coloring
Servings: 8
Calories: 565kcal

Equipment

  • blender
  • Large Saucepan
  • 9x13-inch Baking Pan
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cups grated white cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup peas

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  • Place the milk and spinach in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in flour for 2-3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk/spinach mixture and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and whisk occasionally for 3-4 minutes until mixture starts to thicken.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and cheese and whisk until melted.
  • Stir in the pasta, broccoli and peas.
  • Transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling.

Notes

  • Make sure to generously spray your pan with cooking spray so the macaroni doesn't stick.

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1478IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 544mg | Iron: 2mg