There’s nothing like steaming hot macaroni, spiked with sautéed greens piled high like Mount Everest, to ward off the winter chill. This twist to the classic Mac N’ Cheese, is a healthier kid-friendly version that is soul-satisfying comfort food at its best. If you like, add some sharp cheddar cheese to the macaroni, or throw in a handful of sultanas to counterbalance the bitter greens, and for a little crunch, top it with toasted breadcrumbs. Sublime.
Mac N’ Greens
4 bunches of assorted greens, such as dinosaur kale, rainbow chard, broccoli rabe, or collard, stems removed, leaves thinly sliced into strips
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
¾ pound macaroni, cooked and drained
Parmesan, 2 ounces or 1 cup finely grated
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan, add greens, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Sauté over medium-high heat, about 5-7 minutes until soft.
Add the macaroni to the greens and combine. Add a generous pinch of salt and Parmesan to the macaroni and greens. Taste and adjust seasoning.