Spinach Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1-2 bunches spinach (about 1 3/4 pounds total), trimmed, washed, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 5 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (2 cups)
  • 3/4 pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to package instructions

DIRECTIONS

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium. Add onion and cook until translucent, 6 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is pale golden and has a slightly nutty aroma, about 2 minutes. Whisking constantly, add 2 cups milk. Add remaining 2 cups milk, raise heat to medium-high, and whisk until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Cook, whisking constantly, until sauce comes to a boil, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 13 to 15 minutes. Add spinach and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add cheese and stir until melted, about 2 minutes. Add cooked macaroni and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Spinach and Mushroom Lo Mein

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces lo mein noodles
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup crimini or button mushrooms, trimmed, halved if large
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups tightly packed spinach leaves (4 ounces), torn
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

DIRECTIONS

In a medium pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles and place in a bowl of cold water. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add scallion, ginger, and garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain noodles and add to skillet along with spinach. Toss until spinach wilts and noodles are warmed through. Add soy sauce and sesame oil and toss to combine.

 

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