I am tired so this is going to be a short post. This meal was quick to make and used up our smoked Gouda from a previous meal. It is good, although not as thick as I'd hoped. I liked it though. We might make it again.
Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese
From CL, March 2003
1 slice whole wheat bread -- (1-ounce)
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 garlic cloves -- minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese -- (2 ounces)
1/3 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese -- (about 1 1/2 ounces)
5 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil; cook until thick (about 2 minutes). Add cheeses; stir until melted.
Add spinach and macaroni to cheese sauce, stirring until well blended. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until bubbly.
Yield: 4 servings (more like 3)