Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese

Starting out in the kitchen I was pretty lucky. I didn’t have a lot of flops and I had enough success to keep me motivated in trying newer, some more complicated, things. But let’s get real here for a second. Not everything I make turns out great the first time. Getting even more real, some things never quite turn out the way I want them to. I tried making pad Thai a few months ago…. We had pizza for dinner that night.

Of course, I’m not going to share things here that just don’t work, not really the kind of blog I’m going for. Keeping that in mind, I always have high hopes that whatever dish I make will be good and what I like to call “blog worthy.” Occasionally, a meal I expect to be good exceeds that expectation.

This Macaroni and Cheese is one of those meals. I found myself licking my bowl clean, going back for seconds and sneaking a few extra bites when putting the leftovers away. Plus there’s spinach in it, so it’s got to be healthy right? OK, maybe not. But turning one of my favorite appetizers into a meal this good is a win in my book. It’s also pretty easy to put together. Lots of stirring, and adding the ingredients in steps, but not at all difficult. From start to finish (including all the chopping) I think it took me just over 30 minutes.


This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Jessica of My Baking Heart

    >Ooooh! Two of my favorites – I bet it's amazing, Jess! 🙂

  2. Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen

    >YUM! Spinach and artichoke dip is also one of my favorite appetizers, I can only imagine how good it is with pasta!

  3. Jessy

    >YUMMY! You know I'll be making this one for sure.

  4. Jey

    >This sounds awesome!! Can't wait to try it!

  5. Nicole, RD

    >If it has spinach, it's got to be healthy! I totally agree and I'm a dietitian 😉 The cream cheese sounds so good in this. Cream cheese with artichoke and spinach alone sounds good and the cheese and pasta just make it outstanding, I'm sure! Adding it to my list! 🙂

  6. atthepatisserie

    >Your mac and cheese looks phenomenal, and I bet it tastes even better! Dishes like these make all the past kitchen flops seem like nothing, am I right? 🙂 bravo from a fellow San Diego food blogger (Elly Says Opa! sent me)!

  7. Jean | Delightful Repast

    >Love that spinach and artichoke dip. Love macaroni. So why not?! Bring it on–I think I could make myself sick on this!

  8. Jess

    >I want to dunk my face in a big bowl of this, Jessica! Holy-yum!

  9. Christina

    >This is amazing! My daughter loves spinach and macaroni and cheese, so i thought this would be a hit for her and sure enough it was.

  10. Anne

    >This looks good but was a little bland… I think it could be spiced up with a little nutmeg or red pepper? Or a more flavorful cheese like gruyere or cheddar. I also thought of making it with artichoke hearts in oil vs. the unseasoned frozen ones. Just my $.02. 🙂 I found your recipe on Pinterest.

  11. Jessica

    >I believe that Joelen (What's Cookin' Chicago) used artichokes jarred in seasoned oil. I only had frozen on hand and I liked the mild smooth flavor. But if you have a jar on hand go for it! And gruyere with a dash of nutmeg would undoubtedly be delicious. Thanks for trying and giving feedback!

  12. Erin

    This is DELICIOUS!!! I added chicken while cooking the onions and a dash of cayenne pepper. MMMMmmmm!!! It’s a cross between spinach artichoke dip and fettuccine alfredo! 🙂

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