Macaroni and Cheese with Gouda

Serves 4

The grown-up version of the classic dish.

Ingredients:

1 slice whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked
4 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place bread in a food processor; pulse until coarsely crumbled. Set aside.
  3. Set a large saucepan over medium heat. Melt butter. Add onions; cook for 1 minute. Add garlic; cook for 45 seconds. Add flour; cook and stir constantly for 1 minute. Slowly add milk to skillet, whisking constantly until blended. Add salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil; cook for about 2 minutes, until thick. Add Parmesan and Gouda cheeses; stir until cheeses are melted. Add macaroni and spinach to cheese sauce; stir until well blended.
  4. Coat a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon macaroni into baking dish; top with breadcrumbs. Bake until bubbly, about 15 minutes.