I have been craving warm foods for every meal lately. Something about this wintry weather we've been having (with highs in the 60's--cold for here--and frosty windsheilds in the morning. Loving it!). A couple weeks ago, Faith asked for this old favorite--Updated Mac and Cheese (from this cookbook). I used to make this recipe pretty frequently, then it just fell by the wayside. I was really glad she remembered and requested it--it's warm, nutritious, and comforting. The fun thing about this recipe is that it has a layer of spinach in the middle. Super healthy, which makes me happy. It also uses whole wheat pasta (on this night I tried it with brown rice pasta, which was also yum). Here's the thing about Faith--even though I consider her a picky eater, she likes things like spinach in her mac and cheese. Go figure!
Alas, the little boys would not touch this, so next time I'll just make a smaller pan with no spinach along with the larger, spinach-ful version. Do try this for a warming, winter meal. This would make a great winter lunch as well.
Some notes: there are lots of steps to this recipe! I made this weeknight-possible by doing a lot of the prep work Sunday night: grating the cheese, combining the breadcrumbs with oil in a little container, and even measuring out some of the other ingredients in little containers. It made a huge difference. On Monday night I just sailed through the recipe. Also, the recipe calls for 8 ounces of pasta, but I used the whole bag with good results.