Mac & Cheese with Garlic, Spinach & Mushrooms

15 m
Prep Time
1 h 10 m
Cook Time


  • 1 Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet; add mushrooms and cook 10 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in Gourmet Garden Garlic Stir-In Paste and baby spinach; cook until spinach is wilted and water has evaporated, about 2-3 minutes.
  • 2 Cook rigatoni according to package directions. Drain and toss with mushroom mixture; set aside.
  • 3 Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan. Add flour; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in nutmeg. Add 1/4 cup of hot milk mixture to egg and stir to combine. Stir egg mixture back into milk mixture. Stir 1 1/2 cups of both cheeses into milk sauce. Toss pasta with cheese sauce until well coated. Pour pasta mixture into greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Top evenly with remaining ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese and ½ cup gruyere cheese.
  • 4 Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter and toss with panko. Top macaroni & cheese with bread crumbs. Bake 30 minutes in 350 degrees preheated oven or until cheese is bubbly and bread crumbs are browned. Tip: Add I tsp. Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper Stir-In Paste to vegetable mixture to give this dish some heat.

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