Macaroni cheese with veg

Boost the veg in this family favourite – top spinach and cherry tomatoes with creamy mac 'n' cheese for a dinner that's rich in calcium and fibre

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 430
  • fat 13g
  • saturates 7g
  • carbs 53g
  • sugars 9g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 23g
  • salt 0.8g

Ingredients

  • 500ml skimmed milk
  • 25g cornflour
  • 220g macaroni
  • 100g extra mature cheddar, grated (check the label for vegetarian)
  • 25g Grana Padano or vegetarian altenative, grated
  • 8 blocks frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 220g ripe cherry tomatoes, halved

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix 3 tbsp of the milk with the cornflour and warm the remaining milk in a pan. Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to the boil, tip in the macaroni and cook for 6 mins, stirring occasionally.

  2. To make the sauce, stir the cornflour mix into the warm milk and keep stirring over a low heat until thick and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in most of the cheddar (leaving a little to sprinkle over at the end) along with the Grana Padano and pepper to taste.

  3. Drain the macaroni well, then stir into the sauce. Squeeze the excess moisture from the spinach by pressing it into a fine sieve. Divide the spinach between four individual ovenproof dishes, followed by the tomatoes. Spoon the macaroni cheese over the veg, then finish with a sprinkle of the remaining cheddar. Bake for 15-20 mins or until the sauce bubbles and browns on top.