This Winter Greens Mac & Cheese Recipe Will Make You Feel Healthy

Skillet of mac and cheese being scooped out by a large spoon
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
6-8 servings

When the cold weather strikes, macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort dish. This version takes advantage of the best winter greens the season has to offer. Any variety of nutrient-packed greens will work, such as chard, collards, rapini or kale. So go ahead and indulge in this cheesy, creamy pasta for dinner, while sneaking in a healthy serving of vegetables, too!





lb macaroni noodles, cooked to al dente
Tbsp + 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
cloves of garlic, minced
medium onion, diced
oz chopped winter greens, stems removed
Salt & cracked black pepper, to taste
cup unsalted butter
cup all-purpose flour
Tbsp whole-grain mustard
cups whole milk
bay leaf
large egg, whisked
cups grated extra-old white cheddar, plus more for topping
cup grated Gruyere cheese, plus more for topping
cup Panko breadcrumbs


mis en place of macaroni and cheese
Step 1

In a large pot over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic and onion. Cook until the onion begins to turn translucent, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Stir in the greens, seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Continue cooking until the greens begin to wilt and cook down, about 5 minutes. Transfer the greens to a bowl and set-aside until ready to use.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°. In the same pot over medium heat, melt together the butter and flour. Whisking constantly, cook until a smooth roux forms, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

 Whisk in the mustard, followed by the milk and bay leaf. Simmer for 10 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

Discard bay leaf, temper in the egg and remove pot from heat. Let cool slightly before stirring in the cheeses.

Step 6

Add the macaroni noodles and mix until evenly coated. If the pot is not oven safe, transfer mixture to a 9 by 12 baking dish.

Step 7

In a small mixing bowl, toss together the remaining olive oil, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.

Step 8

Top macaroni with additional cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and golden brown. Serve immediately.

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