FRANKEN-RONI AND CHEESE
~3 cups macaroni or other small pasta
~2 tbsp butter
~2 cups broccoli florets
~¾ cup chopped onion
~½ tsp nutmeg (or to taste)
~1-½ cup 2% milk
~1 cup 35% whipping cream
~2 cups packed spinach or Arugula leaves
~3 cups shredded extra sharp white Cheddar cheese
~1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
~Salt and pepper
~Green food coloring
1. In large pot of boiling salted water, add several drops of green food coloring, and cook pasta for 8 min or according to package directions, until tender; drain well.
2. Meanwhile in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook broccoli and onion until softened, about 3 min. Stir in nutmeg. Add milk and cream; cook stirring often, for 8 to 10 min or until slightly thickened and broccoli is tender. Stir in spinach and remove from heat.
3. In a blender, in batches, or with an immersion blender, puree until smooth or desired consistency. Stir in macaroni to coat; stir in Cheddar and Parmesan cheese until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand for 5 min before serving.
For more fun for the kids, just add cooked hotdog slices (about 3-4 regular size hot dogs) before stirring in the cheese in the final step. Makes 6 servings.