Healthy Spinach Dip Mac and Cheese – creamy and delicious mac made healthier with a cauliflower sauce! It tastes like spinach dip with the addition of pasta! Don’t forget the cheese!
They say, once you make one healthy choice when it comes to food – another one will follow. And it’s true! This year I have been on a mission to load up our weekly menu on healthy dinners and lunches.
I still get my daily veggie smoothie (my beets and berries smoothie and my new favorite, refreshing green), I am obsessed with this garlic roasted cauliflower sauce and my kiddos have been munching on greens and fruit salad with honey lime dressing all summer long.
One of our favorite dinners is my Spinach Dip Chicken Pasta. It’s absolutely amazing! I’ve made it’s mac and cheese version before and the kids love it for lunch. Having a jar of my cauliflower sauce in the fridge and a whole bag of fresh spinach AND knowing that the sauce is perfect for casseroles and bakes – I threw it all together and created our new favorite mac and cheese!
You can even use gluten free pasta if your diet requires it. There are so many options these days in the store.
Since the sauce has no cream or butter, which saves a lot in the fat department on this recipe (check out the sauce recipe for more nutritional info!, the cheese seems like a real indulgent addition. And rightly so! I love topping pasta bakes with mozzarella and let it melt into a gooey topping!
- 2 cups dry macaroni pasta
- 1 recipe of my Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Sauce
- 1.5 cups fresh spinach
- 1/2 pkg dry Ranch mix
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Lightly butter a 2-quart casserole dish.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cook pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain and return to the pot. Add spinach, sauce and seasoning. Stir until combined.
- Pour the mixture into prepared casserole dish. Top with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 12 minutes. If desired, broil the top for 2 minutes.
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