Valentine’s Day Homemade Dinner Date

One of my favorite things to do is cook dinner with my boyfriend. It is less expensive than going out to eat, and we can sit in sweatpants and watch The Office while eating dinner from the comfort of my own apartment. This Valentine’s Day, we decided to cook dinner together so that we could skip the busy restaurants (and because I had to study for an exam that was scheduled for the next day).

Since Valentine’s Day was also Ash Wednesday, we needed to make sure that the meal was vegetarian (my boyfriend is vegetarian so it was a win-win!). We decided to a make spinach artichoke mac and cheese. I had the idea to make it when I saw a Tasty video about it the week before.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine
  • 3/4 box of elbow macaroni
  • one sweet onion
  • one bag of spinach
  • one can of artichoke hearts (6-8 oz.)
  • milk
  • one package of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • panko breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a dutch oven, we melted butter, browned onions, and added spinach, artichokes and milk. We got the milk up to a boil and added the pasta. We let it cook until the pasta was almost done cooking, and then we added the cheese and waited for it all to thicken. Then, we sprinkled Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs on top before putting it in the oven for about 15 minutes.

The mac and cheese was absolutely delicious! It wasn’t very creamy, and I liked it a little sticky (although it was a pain to clean the sticky cheese off of the dutch oven). I forgot to take a good picture of it, but here is a Snapchat photo:

spinachartichokemacandcheese

 

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