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Avocado Spinach Mac & Cheese

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Avocado Spinach Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces, fluid Cavatappi Noodles
  • 2 whole Avocados, Peeled, Pitted
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1  Lime
  • ½ cups Spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Jack Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 cup Cheddar, Shredded
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cups Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Preparation

1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. When done, drain off the water and set pasta aside.

2. While pasta is cooking, make avocado mix using a food processor or blender. Combine garlic, avocados, juice from 1 lime, spinach and salt and pepper to taste in your food processor and process until creamy and well-blended. Set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 450 F. To make cheese sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly add flour and whisk until combined, and then add milk and continue to stir until smooth.

4. Add in jack and cheddar cheeses and continue to stir and heat until cheese is fully melted and sauce is creamy.

5. Place cavatappi in a large baking dish (9×9 or larger), and mix avocado and cheese sauces in until noodles are evenly covered.

6. Cover with Parmesan, and bake at 450 F for 25 minutes.

7. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy!

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Jennifer M. on 9.4.2012

OM NOM NOM NOM!!! I reduced the cheese content slightly (by about 3/4 cup, but I am weird) and added a blob of dijon mustard to the roux. I paired it with a spicy rubbed chicken, perfecto! :D

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