Spinach-Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese for “30 Days 30 Ways with Macaroni and Cheese

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When I was asked to come up with a recipe for a new twist on Macaroni and Cheese for Wisconsin Cheese and their upcoming “Macaroni Blog” I was so excited. They asked what type of cheese I wanted to use in my recipe, and I quickly said, “Fontina”. Since my three kids love Spinach-Artichoke Dip, I thought I would combine a simple macaroni and cheese recipe with spinach and artichokes making a comforting, creamy dish.

Here’s how: Start by boiling the noodles. Combine half-and-half, milk, flour, sea salt and pepper. Stir in spinach, artichokes and Fontina. Pour in a lightly greased 13-x 9-inch baking dish and top with panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and melted butter.  Bake in the oven and that’s it. This recipe is wonderful for a main or side dish. My kids loved it, and I think you will too!

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Springy and Easy: Tomato-Basil and Four-Cheese Pizza

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Okay, when I say this pizza is good, I mean it! Words can’t describe how delicious, easy and springy it is. It’s also so simple to prepare and can be prepared in under 30 minutes. I used Mama Marys for the pizza crust, but feel free to use your favorite crusts. The combination of fresh plum tomatoes, parsley and basil along with fresh mozzarella, fontina, Parmesan and feta create awesome flavors and textures. All I can say is delish!