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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Greens and Mustardy Cheesy Shells

Sometimes I take a great picture and sometimes you get blurry cheesy-ness. This is a blurry cheesy day. Don't let my lack of photographic talent keep you from trying this. It is a lovely side dish and would make a delicious light vegetarian meal.
This gets a thumbs up from all my kids who were here to try it - 6 in all. I liked it and my husband tried it (he doesn't like noodles - weird, I know) and ate his portion without negative comment - that is a thumbs up from him!

Greens with Mustardy Cheesy Shells
12 oz medium shells (regular or g/f)
2 TBS butter
2 TBS flour (use cornstarch to make this g/f)
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 TBS Dijon mustard (I didn't have any so I used a grainy one - made it pretty mustardy!)
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cubes frozen greens or 1 small bunch spinach thick stems discarded, leaves roughly chopped

1. Cook pasta according to package direction - I always put a big pinch of salt in my pot for flavor
2. Thaw your cubes of frozen greens - I just put them in a zip top bag and set in a bowl of water to speed up the process - don't microwave please.
3. If you don't want to clean another pan than after your noodles are cooked and you have drained them make your cheese sauce in the same pan. Melt the butter, add the flour cook for 2 minutes to loose the raw flour taste. Slowly whisk in your milk. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes - you want it slightly thickened.
4. Whisk in the mustard, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, 1 cup of the cheese, 1/2 tsp of salt and a 1/4 tsp pepper. Add your greens and stir around then the noodles stirring to combine.
5. Heat your broiler and then transfer the noodly goodness to an ovenproof baking dish, top with remaining cheese. I didn't, but this would be good with a bread crumb topping. Broil until golden brown - watch closely because from golden brown to burnt is one distraction away from each other.

This was really good with a baked ham that I had glazed with a honey mustard sauce. (Pitch that bag of instant glaze that comes with many hams - full of nasty stuff - and make your own.)


  1. Too funny, girl! Sign me up for blurry cheesiness. I know you make tasty treats, because you feed so many souls so well.

    But seriously, not like noodles? Ack! That's like not liking sunshine!

  2. Awe, Butter you make me blush! He doesn't do noodles or rice - makes it hard to "extend" a meal. And I so agree - I love me some noodles!

  3. I think my family would like this. I have to try it and find out.

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