Pasta recipe with gratin cheese and spinach

Pasta recipe with gratin cheese and spinach


600 grams of medium size pasta
1 tablespoon. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 1/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. freshly grated or ground nutmeg
Pinch of cayenne
Salt and pepper
180 grams. Cheddar or other extra sharp hard cheese, grated (1 1/2 cups)
1 bunch spinach, thick stems discarded, leaves roughly chopped


Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 5 minutes.

Add the mustard, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, then 1 cup cheddar cheese, stirring until melted and smooth. Add the pasta and toss to coat, then fold in the spinach.

Heat grill. Transfer mixture to 6-cup chicken-proof baking dish or four 600-gram ramekins. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and grill until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

Original recipe (in English)

About spinach

The tender leaves of spinach are, in addition to being light, champions in various minerals and vitamins: hence their great preventive and regenerative power

The nutritional power of spinach lies in its high content of vitamins and minerals: 100 grams of this vegetable provide two thirds of the daily needs of vitamin A, practically all of the folic acid, half of the vitamin C and a quarter of the magnesium and iron required per day. In addition, it provides calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorophyll, trace elements, enzymes and fiber.

This combination of nutrients is effective in enhancing hematopoiesis or blood formation, hence spinach is an ideal tonic for anemia. Its proteins (2.8%), although not very abundant, are also more complete than in other vegetables. Spinach juice has shown its efficacy in convalescent states and to improve anemia, accelerate blood replacement after operations and mitigate internal bleeding before being operated on. It also helps regulate digestion and bowel movements.

The presence of secretin in spinach, a substance that accelerates and increases bile, pancreatic, liver and intestinal secretions. Topically, spinach can also alleviate some skin problems: if it is irritated, an ointment made from cooked leaves can be applied to the affected area.

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