Steak House Side Mac and Cheese

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

This recipe combines flavors of classic steak house side dishes: creamed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, and blue cheese dressing.

Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 20 Minutes
Total: 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 347
  • Fat: 15.4g
  • Saturated fat: 6.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
  • Protein: 15.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 40.9g
  • Fiber: 6.6g
  • Cholesterol: 23mg
  • Iron: 3.6mg
  • Sodium: 553mg
  • Calcium: 160mg

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat penne pasta or macaroni
  • 3 bacon slices
  • 10 ounce mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (5-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. 2. Coat 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish with 1 teaspoon oil. Set aside.
  3. 3. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil; add salt and pasta. Cook for 6 minutes or until just barely tender. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl; reserve 1 cup cooking liquid.
  4. 4. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in pan; crumble bacon. Add mushrooms to drippings in pan; cook for 8 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add pepper, garlic, and spinach (in batches); cook 3 minutes or until spinach wilts, tossing occasionally.
  5. 5. Combine yogurt and cheese in a large bowl, stirring until almost smooth. Add pasta and mushroom mixture; toss to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid (or more if mixture looks dry). Spoon pasta mixture into prepared dish. Combine crumbled bacon, panko, and parsley. Drizzle with remaining 3 teaspoons oil; toss to combine. Sprinkle evenly over top of pasta. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
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