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This Stovetop Garlicky Kale Mac & Cheese Will Be A Weeknight Staple

Delish logo Delish 10/20/2020 Jackie Rothong
a bowl of food on a plate: When you need some comfort food, there's nothing better than a big bowl of mac and cheese from delish.com. © Delish When you need some comfort food, there's nothing better than a big bowl of mac and cheese from delish.com.

Change up pasta night with this easy twist on classic mac & cheese. Everything—including the kale, macaroni, and cheesy, melted Velveeta—cooks in one dish. It’s hearty comfort food at its finest.

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Yields: 10 servings

Prep Time: 10 mins


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Total Time: 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp.

    extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4

    cloves garlic, grated

  • 2

    bunches lacinato kale, ribbed, roughly chopped

  • 1/4 tsp.

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp.

    hot pepper flakes

  • 4 c.

    water

  • 1 lb.

    shells

  • 10 oz.

    Velveeta, cut into ½” cubes

Directions

  1. In a 7.25-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, heat olive oil. Once glistening, add grated garlic, allow to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add kale and stir to coat in olive oil and garlic.
  2. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes until kale begins to wilt. Season with pepper and stir in hot pepper flakes. Add water and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add shells. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes shy according to package instructions.
  4. Add Velveeta and stir until pasta and kale becomes creamy and cheesy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
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