Baked Havarti Cavatappi with Mushrooms & Spinach

22 Jun

Macaroni and cheese is most certainly a favorite dish in this household. We’ve tried countless recipes but hands down our favorite is my beau’s Aunt Sherae’s version of baked mac & cheese.  I’ve mixed it up a bit from time to time with variations like Port Wine Cheddar Mac & Cheese and  Cajun Mac & Cheese. This time around I used one of my absolute favorite cheeses at the moment, Herb & Spice Havarti, along with some veggies and it was rich and delicious.


  • 8 oz. cavatappi pasta, cooked al dente – drained & set aside
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 12 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced or diced
  • 2 tbsp AP flour
  • 1 tbsp spicy brow or Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup herb and spice havarti cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Italian cheese blend, shredded
  • 11 oz. fresh baby spinach roughly torn
  • sea salt & black pepper, freshly ground – to taste

How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare a casserole dish (6×8 or 8×8) or individual serving dishes (ramekins) with cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet or medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • Add flour and stir quickly to incorporate. Next, add the milk and mustard, whisking to incorporate. Heat until it comes to a low boil. Reduce to low and whisk to smooth out.
  • Add about 3/4 cup of each type of shredded cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Stir well until completely melted and thick.
  • Remove from heat. Add drained pasta and spinach and carefully fold to combine and mix well.
  • Pour into prepared dishes. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Place in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until bubbling. Switch oven to broil 425F and move dish to top rack. Broil for 2-3 minutes until top is just golden brown.

Time:                         Serves: 4-6

One Response to “Baked Havarti Cavatappi with Mushrooms & Spinach”


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