Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 27th, 2014

Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Kale and MushroomsRich, hearty and deliciously creamy, macaroni and cheese may be the ultimate comfort food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up the everyday casserole with some healthful additions. Whether you round out the meal with juicy tomatoes, mild-tasting cauliflower or bright-green broccoli, there are indeed ways to incorporate fresh flavors without losing the decadence of the traditional recipe.

Food Network Kitchens put its spin on the indulgent classic with Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms (pictured above), a big-batch supper that’s simple enough to make on a weeknight. After making a triple-cheese sauce with cheddar, Gruyere and cream cheese, mix in the pasta and add garlic-laced kale, plus meaty sauteed shiitakes. “Don’t be alarmed by how much kale you start with for this recipe,” the Kitchens chefs write. “It will cook down quite a bit and pairs deliciously with the creamy pasta and shiitake mushrooms.” Finish the casserole with seasoned breadcrumbs and bake it for just a few minutes until the topping is crispy, and the cheese is gooey and bubbly. Just like with any baked mac and cheese, it’s important to not overcook the noodles in the water, since they’ll finish cooking in the oven. It’s best to remove them when they’re al dente, so they don’t turn mushy when they’re baked.

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Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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Comments (5)

  1. patricia pilgrim says:

    when is paula deen coming back to food network. the replacements are just "good". she is very missed.
    all i can say is, shows like DUCK DYNASTY are still on tv, albeit not on food network, but look what they did! unbelievable!

  2. fran branco says:

    the only good thing about food network is during the day at night stinks, I don't even watch to many competition, please try to chage and put the programs from day to night. wish paula deen could return its b.s what you did . fran

  3. Guest says:

    This sounds and looks delicious.

  4. shannon says:

    This recipe looks delicious but come on already with the kale. I am so over the over use of kale at this point. I think if FN keeps posting every other recipe with kale as an ingredient am going to scream. Variety please…enough is enough.

  5. jlee says:

    this was absurdly delicious.

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