Main Dish Recipes

Fire-Roasted Mac & Cheese with Feta

When Bart saw the pictures of this, he said, “I ate this and really loved it. But these pictures wouldn’t make me want to eat that.”

I have a hard time photographing casserole-type dishes. What can I say?

I promise, this was really, really, really, super good. Seriously. Ignore my lousy photo and make this.


Fire-Roasted Mac & Cheese with Feta

(adapted from Eat Live Run)
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 10 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup + 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 14- ounce can canned fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cook orzo in a pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until smooth and let cook for thirty seconds.
  4. Add 1 1/2 cups of milk, 1/2 a cup at a time, whisking between additions until smooth. Cook for five minutes, whisking frequently. It will thicken up a lot.
  5. Add the cheddar and 3/4 cup feta, and stir until the cheese is melted.
  6. Add salt, pepper and oregano followed by the last 1/2 cup of milk, the diced tomatoes (don't drain them!) and chopped spinach. Stir well (the spinach will wilt down), then add the orzo.
  7. Stir to combine, then pour into a baking dish and top with remaining feta cheese.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, until cheese is slightly bubbly and brown on top.
  9. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.


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  • Reply april May 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

    It looks delicious! Do you get your children to eat that? I'm still working on greens with them. And tomatoes, for that matter. My two year old's favorite thing to say now is "That's NASTY!" when a plate of non-chicken nuggets is going by.

  • Reply Cami! May 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I have trouble finding white cheddar- where do you find yours?

    • Reply Janssen May 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      I usually buy it at Sprouts.

  • Reply Andrea Smith May 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Sounds delicious….the name got me! Can't wait to try!

  • Reply Mary May 30, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I have a hard time taking pretty photos of any food that's not a cake! I am impressed by what I assume was your skill in holding the spoon with one hand and the camera with the other. Looks delicious!

  • Reply Mel July 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I made this last night. Skeptical about the feta since my husband is a feta-disliker, but it was major love all around!

  • Reply Kelli August 22, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I just made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious! Even the kiddos loved it. I couldn't find white cheddar so I used an Italian blend of cheese and then I found I didn't have enough feta either so I added in normal cheddar. Even with the substitutions it turned out great! Next I'm making the blueberry muffins. Thanks for the great recipe.

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