Dinner for Two: Spicy Mac ‘n Collards

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Am I making you want to eat your greens?  Gosh, I hope so!  I don’t think I could try any harder than this perfect combination of flavors.  We have collard greens (featuring bacon and jalapeño) stirred with creamy, cheesy macaroni.  This is my type of comfort food!…with a double portion of ice cream over a warm brownie for dessert, because, you know, we ate the greens first!

Let this dish be your gateway into loving dark leafy greens.

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I used a small casserole dish to make this for two.  It holds 1 1/2 cups of liquid, but I’ve also heard it referred to as a dish with a 1 1/2-quart capacity.  When in doubt, pour water in; the dish should hold 1 1/2 cups to the brim.  If you don’t have a casserole dish this size, try ramekins.  Or, double the recipe and bake it in a 8″x8″ square brownie pan.  But, be sure to make brownies in the pan first before the macaroni and cheese, because remember I said we get warm brownies after eating our greens?

Now, go! Buy those big beautiful leaves of collards and smother them in cheese.  I said so.

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Dinner for Two: Spicy Mac 'n Collards
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Serves: 2
Serves: 2
  • 1 recipe for Perfect Collard Greens
  • 1 cup dry macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups freshly grated cheddar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup sour cream (do not substitute yogurt)
  1. First, prepare the collard greens according to the linked recipe. Drain, and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° and have ready a small casserole dish with a 1½ cup capacity.
  3. Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, then add the macaroni. Cook the macaroni for 2 minutes less than the package directions. Drain the macaroni into a large bowl.
  4. To the bowl of macaroni, add all of the cheese, and stir very well.
  5. In a small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients with the drained collard greens. Stir well, then add to the bowl with the cheese and pasta. Stir well.
  6. Pour the mixture into the baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.
  7. Let dish rest for 5 minutes before serving.





  1. says

    Scoop me silly, sister, I want a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge bowl of these collards n mac n cheeeeese! I’d love to claim Vitamin Deficiency so that I can justify going back for thirds…and fourths….and…. Have a great weekend, love!

    • says

      haha, what a great excuse to eat a triple portion! It’s all about the iron, right? And cheese has calcium. And pasta has healthy carbs. Oh, I could do this all day!

  2. says

    The perfect balance of naughty and nice. I am going to try to make this at the weekend – I have an eighteen month old little boy and I think that he is going to absolutely love it. As will I!

  3. says

    Oh man, this looks incredible! I’ve also been looking for a good collard greens recipe and will be pinning your Perfect Collard Greens for the near future. I love getting them at bbq places, but would love to make my own. Yum!

  4. says

    Girl if this recipe doesn’t convert people into becoming collard green lovers than I don’t know what will. I love all of the spice and cheesy goodness going on here. Perfection! I think brownies and ice cream sounds like the perfect dessert too :)

  5. says

    Sadly, my (southern) husband doesn’t care for collards (sacrilege!), but I think if anything will get him on board, it will be mac& cheese. Thanks for the idea, I’ll keep trying to convert him!

  6. Aerin says

    I’ve made this twice now and can’t get over how yummy and easy it is! I just use what ever cheese i have on hand and its good with every chest combo I’ve tried so far.

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