How to make it

  • For Kale:
  • Strip the kale leaves from their stems and slice the kale leaves into very fine ribbons. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the kale then garlic. Saute the kale about 6-8 minutes or until significantly wilted and season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Set aside.
  • For pasta:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fill a large pot with water, add the salt, and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook 2 minutes less than the package directions. You want the pasta very al dente because it will continue to cook in the oven. Drain the pasta, put it into a large mixing bowl. Add the kale and stir.
  • Fore cheese sauce:
  • Drop the butter into a medium saucepan. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk together to make a roux. Cook the butter-flour mixture about 1 minute to get rid of the raw flour taste, then slowly start adding the cream/milk, whisking constantly. Bring the milk mixture to a simmer, making sure there are no lumps (the more you whisk, the fewer lumps you'll have). Add the shredded cheese and whisk until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. .
  • Butter a large baking pan (9x13 works, or any casserole dish that looks to be the right size). Turn the pasta mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top. Bake the macaroni and cheese about 40 minutes, until the casserole is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are nicely browned. Serve immediately.

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    " It was excellent "
    mommyluvs2cook ate it and said...
    This was a great mac and cheese for sure! Love that I got some greens into my kiddos too, always a bonus there :) I'll keep a look out for that "unexpected cheddar" next time I'm at TJ's. More in the IMI ----------> Kale Mac N Cheese
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  • elgourmand 5 years ago
    Nice, fun and good tasting mac & cheese. I'm with the ladies below, I like kale. RJ
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  • gourmetana 5 years ago
    I actually love the taste of kale. I had caldo verde with homemade chouri├žo for dinner tonight ehehe
    This one sounds delicious!
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  • otterpond 5 years ago
    Kale is one of my favorite things. I love this simple but rich recipe. Soul satisfying.
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  • NPMarie 5 years ago
    Great idea, I love kale anyway, but mac & cheese kale...YUM!!!
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  • DetroitTokyo 5 years ago
    Wow, does that look good! Unexpected Cheddar, huh? I'll have to look for that. I love their New Zealand White Grass Fed Cheddar. I recently made a quiche with that, quinoa, and kale - pretty tasty.
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  • optimistic1_2 5 years ago
    love kale!
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