So when the teen was a toddler, she and I would have Kraft’s Mac’n Cheese for lunch a couple times a week. Ooooh yes!!! Well, I was young, boxed food had an appeal like no other as I ( like most of us) never got to eat any of that growing up in India, also it was very convenient.
Thankfully that phase didn’t last long… as better sense prevailed and gradually processed foods were bid adieu to, I realised how much better our beloved mac’n cheese tasted when made from scratch. I make many versions now, but this one , my dear friends, hits the ball out of the park!
Pumpkin Mac ‘n Cheese is a healthier variant, but wonderfully creamy and cheesy. The sauce is smooth and rich but only seemingly so. Garlic, thyme, smoked paprika add plenty of spice and flavour. I love the pop of colour that spinach imparts while nutritionally enriching the dish. If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, cozy meal, this is it!
I like to serve it with a bowl of sauteed vegetables on the side, sometimes with a piece of grilled chicken or if I’m feeling particularly indulgent, then some pan fried sausages really take it to the top! On the other hand, if you want to keep it vegan, just leave out the cheese. Its just as good, I promise. And hey, if you want a baked version, simply sprinkle some cheese and breadcrumbs on top and bake till golden and bubbly. One recipe, so many adaptations…take your pick and enjoy a delectable dinner. Eating well is indeed easy and amazingly delicious!