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Rachael Ray's Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Two Favorite Foods Combine

PHOTO: Rachael Rays spinach and artichoke macaroni and cheese is seen here on Good Morning America.
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Servings:4
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Rachael Ray celebrates her 1,000th episode with a few of her top recipes.

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1 pound semolina or whole wheat penne
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO ??? Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups milk
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, about 1/4 teaspoon or to taste
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and wrung dry in a kitchen towel
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped artichokes, defrosted and wrung dry in a kitchen towel
  • Black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian Fontina cheese, plus additional for sprinkling on top
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus additional for sprinkling on top
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 375F and place rack in the middle of the oven. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta, salt water and cook pasta to al dente.

    While the pasta water comes to a boil, place a medium pot over medium-low heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons, and the butter. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook the veggies until very soft, about 10 minutes.

    Turn the heat up to medium-high and sprinkle the flour into the pan. Cook for about 1 minute then whisk the wine into the pan, cooking for another minute to burn off the alcohol. Whisk the milk into the pan and bring up to a bubble. Add the nutmeg, spinach, artichokes, salt and pepper to the sauce and simmer until thickened and vegetables are warmed through, 2-3 minutes more. Add 1 cup of each of the cheeses to the sauce and stir until melted.

    Toss the prepared sauce with the cooked pasta and transfer to a casserole dish. Sprinkle some more Fontina and Parmigiano over the top and bake until the cheese has melted and the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: salt, semolina, penne, olive oil, flour, white wine, milk

    Course: Pasta

    More Info: Kids Friendly


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