Mac and Cheese with Swiss Chard and Mushrooms

What's more comforting than mac & cheese? Mac & cheese packed with delicious swiss chard! Swiss chard can be used in much the same way as spinach & is a great source of essential vitamins, like vitamins K & A. If you've been wondering what to do with the bunch of swiss chard that is in your CSA basket, this recipe is a great option!

Mac & Cheese with Swiss Chard & Mushrooms

6 tbsp butter divided
1 lb swiss chard chopped (one bunch)
1 cup mushrooms chopped
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt to taste
1 tsp ground mustard
2 1/2 cup sharp white cheddar
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 lb whole grain macaroni noodles
Cook noodles according to the package. Drain, rinse & set aside. Chop mushrooms. Heat 2 tbsp butter in a large stockpot. Add mushrooms & pinch of salt, cook until tender. Add in chopped greens & cook a couple minutes until wilted. Once the greens are wilted, remove mushrooms & greens. Set aside.

In the same pot add in 4 tbsp butter, melt. Add in ¼ c flour. Whisk into the butter & cook for a minute while stirring. Once combined, add in 2½ c whole milk, 1 tsp salt & 1 tsp ground mustard. Whisk all ingredients together & cook until thickened & bubbly. Once bubbly, turn off the burner and start adding cheese! Slowly whisk in the cheese until melted.

Add greens, mushrooms & cooked pasta to the pot and stir until combined. Pour into a 13×9 baking dish & bake at 375ºF for 20-25 minutes until bubbly.

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