I have to say, Macaroni and Cheese has been one of my favorite comfort foods ever since I was a little kid. This particular recipe was created one afternoon after running a hard 20 miler. Long runs are always depleting on the system, and it is no surprise that afterwards, I always feel like curling up on the couch with something warm and filling to eat. After searching my fridge that afternoon and using a little creativity, Mushroom Kale Hamburger Macaroni and Cheese was born. And boy, it did not disappoint!
First of all, this is nothing like your average boxed mac n cheese from the store. This is a satisfying, full-bodied meal that will leave you full and satisfied. Ground beef, mushrooms and kale are sauteed with garlic and fresh thyme, which creates the perfect combination of protein, greens, and bold flavor. The creamy white cheddar, Gouda and Parmesan make this a dynamically cheesy dish.
Also, unlike most macaroni and cheese recipes, this doesn’t have to be a side dish; it can be served front and center as a main course, and quite an elegant one at that. This dish–like most of my recipes–cooks for a crowd! Which is wonderful if you want to feed your family and still have leftovers for your long run the next day (or, you can easily cut this recipe in half, if needed). Think of it as Hamburger Helper for adults.
Only a thousand times better.