Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spinach Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

I've made these twice now and they're such a cute little side dish.  Portion control is hard when it comes to macaroni and cheese but these "cupcakes" are the perfect size.  I'm not a huge fan of whole wheat pasta, as the original recipe calls for, so I just used regular macaroni.  The sauce has a combination of cheddar and Gruyere but I didn't have Gruyere.  Instead, I used a combo of cheddar and pepperjack to give it a little kick.  The spinach is a nice addition to the macaroni and cheese.  It doesn't impart a ton of flavor, but ups the nutrition a bit.

Spinach Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

adapted from

4 c cooked macaroni
1 T butter
1 T flour
1 c skim milk
1 garlic clove, minced
3 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded (I used pepperjack)
1 egg
1 egg white
1 (10 oz) package of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, drained and patted dry (or you could use 1 cup cooked fresh spinach)
Salt & pepper to taste

1.    Pre-heat the oven to 400. Lightly mist a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
2.    In a small sauce pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour, mixing it into the butter until thick. Stir in the milk and garlic and raise the temp to bring the mixture to just under a boil. Add the cheese and whisk mixture together until thoroughly combined into a cheese sauce.
3.    Remove the cheese sauce from heat and then mix in the egg and egg white (binding agents) until combined.
4.    In a large bowl, combine the pasta, spinach, cheese sauce, salt and pepper and mix together. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cups of your prepared muffin tin.
5.    Bake for 10-15 minutes until the tops slightly brown. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from muffin tin.

Yield:  12 cupcakes (6 servings as main course or 12 servings as side dish)


  1. These look really good! What do you not like about WW pasta?

  2. I felt like the whole wheat pasta kind of fell apart. It wasn't as chewy as regular pasta. I do like the Barilla Plus (multigrain) pasta but the whole grain just didn't work for me. Maybe I overcooked it?