This is a great dish. Despite its healthy points, it is fantastic. I can't lie- I don't think I ever had kale before age 18 when I went to college. Then, living and eating in a primarily vegetarian/vegan co-op, I ate so much kale and made so much kale- every which way. However, not until I was done with that did I discover this recipe, which would make a great co-op recipe- you still include a bunch of healthy veggies and yummy cheese and come out with a fantastic dish. Long story short- give kale a shot if you haven't. There are a million ways to make it, and you're bound to like one of them- especially this way! OK my stomach is rumbling- let's go!
|Your ingredients- simple, regular mac and cheese ingredients, plus some delish fresh bright green kale.|
|Cut out the stems from the kale, then give it a rough chop- this will cook down to half as much or less.|
|Cook your pasta, and when almost done, throw in the kale so it gets cooked right quick. Strain.|
|Refer to a bunch of my other posts for how to make a roux, or just follow the directions- then add your cheese and you have your yummy cheese sauce.|
|Pour the cheese sauce over the penne and kale, then it's ready for the oven (covering with foil for first 15 minutes is optional)|
Baked Mac and Cheese with Kale
-1 lb. pasta, I use penne
-1 lb. kale, roughly chopped
-2 tablespoons butter
-2 tablespoons flour
-2 1/2 cups milk
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-4 oz. goat cheese
-2 cups shredded cheddar
-salt and pepper to taste
-parmesan to top
Cook pasta until it has about 2 minutes left, add the kale, finish the cooking, and strain.
Melt your butter in a smaller pot, add the flour and whisk together. Add the milk and garlic, season with salt and pepper. Add cheeses and stir to melt.
Put your pasta and kale in a greased 9x13'' pan and pour the cheese sauce over top. Mix around a little if needed. Top with extra cheese, before and after baking.
Bake at 400 F for 25-30 mins. I like to cover it with foil for the first half of baking.
|And here it is all baked up- crispy on top and full of cheesy goodness. This is the way to eat veggies!|