Looking for a new macaroni and cheese recipe to make? Try this one by The Lean Green Bean that’s loaded with heart-healthy veggies and lentils!  Lentils are a great addition to this dish as they are an excellent source of protein and fiber.  If you don’t like lentils, you could substitute another source of protein like chicken if you eat meat, or canellini beans as well.


1.  Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside.
2.  In a medium pan, saute vegetables and garlic until tender. Remove from pan and set aside.
3.  In the same pan, melt butter, then stir in flour.
4.  Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly to remove the lumps.
5.  Add the cheese and spices and stir until melted.
6.  Stir in the veggies, lentils and spinach and stir for 2 minutes while spinach wilts.
7.  Add the pasta, stir to combine and heat through. Serve warm

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