Greek Macaroni and Cheese

Greek Macaroni and Cheese

Peter is always an inspiration for authentic Greek food, and I finally got around to making his Greek Macaroni and Cheese for a precious lady friend of mine. As usual I tweaked the recipe a bit, but a big thanks to Peter for the inspiration. I served this with jalapeño and Cheddar scones for an especially cheesy meal. Soon it will be time to go vegan for a few days to cleanse myself of all of these rich dinners! Spring can't come soon enough.

Greek Macaroni and Cheese


Greek Macaroni and Cheese Greek Macaroni and Cheese
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Adapted from Kalofagas
Cuisine: Greek
Published on March 30, 2010

This easy-to-prepare Greek-style macaroni cheese is loaded with Kalamata olives and fresh Gruyère and Feta cheeses — absolutely heavenly

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Ingredients:
  • 4 cups (1 lb or 450 g) dried penne or macaroni
  • 3 generous handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fresh grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 small cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 12 oz (350 mL) can evaporated milk or 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup cornmeal or breadcrumbs
Instructions:
  • Grease a 8 × 11 casserole dish with butter.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil with some sea salt and cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente, just tender. Add the spinach to the pot and cook for another few minutes. Drain and set aside.

  • In another large pot, melt the butter over medium heat and then add the grated onion and garlic. Stir and fry for 5 minutes. Add the flour to the pan and stir and fry for another few minutes.

  • Whisk in 1 1/2 cups of the evaporated milk or cream, and bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat. Continue to whisk constantly until the mixture is creamy and thickens. Stir in the Gruyère cheese.

  • Turn the heat off, and add 1 cup of the Feta cheese along with the olives, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Toss in the cooked pasta and spinach, along with a bit of olive oil, stir and transfer to the prepared casserole dish. Add the remaining evaporated milk or cream to the casserole dish and top with the cornmeal or breadcrumbs and the remaining Feta cheese.

  • Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until nicely browned on top.

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Greek Macaroni and Cheese

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15 comments:

Astra Libris said...

Ohhhh, HEAVEN!!! :-)

kamalika said...

tempting and scrummy.....

The Food Hunter said...

Sounds yummy! it has all my favorite things.

Peter M said...

I wish I could make this now but I'm fasting til Easter Sunday. Thanks for the link-luv, glad you enjoyed the dish.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

This is my kind of Mac n Cheese! WOW looks wonderful ::hitting print:: thanks. Cheers

MapMaster said...

I'm a sucker for mac and cheese in almost any form, from simple to luxurious … and this is one of the most luxurious and delicious mac and cheese recipes I could imagine.

Alka said...

Sounds Yumm..and looks yummier :-)

Johanna GGG said...

great variation on a classic recipe - something for me to try out

Sweatha said...

Excellent and filling Entry Lisa.Hearty Thanks for the delicious entry.I was actually wondering about this when you mentioned it in the scones post.THANKS again.

Bellini Valli said...

I couldn't resist this one Lisa!!!

eatme_delicious said...

I love all variations of mac & cheese! I've yet to try a Greek one. Lucky friend of yours. =)

Spice Rack said...

More cheese, herbs and spices please. I really love pastas especially when it has common spices from your spice racks. It really makes our food more tasty and healthy.

Bike Games said...

My daughter loves macaroni and cheese...we'll see if she'll like this one. Thanks for sharing!

Hannah said...

And I thought regular macaroni bake was good...this was delicious!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche said...

I didn't think macaroni cheese could get any better, but you've proved me wrong :)