A Meaty Spin on the Classic Mac Makes a Winner Dinner!

I’m not surprised that this recipe has become a huge hit over at 12 Tomatoes. It has received so many wonderful comments from readers! Let’s have a look at what they’ve said about it:


My son will never eat spinach any other time I use it, but he loves this meal. So does everyone else. Finally a meal the whole family enjoys. Thank you!!!

Tried this recipe last night and it was super delish. The only thing I added was red bell pepper. Yum, cannot say enough!

I made this tonight! I seasoned my steak with Montreal steak seasoning! Fantastic!




  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3/4-1 pound steak
  • 3/4 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 large white onions, thinly chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/3 cup Blue cheese, crumbles; plus extra for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • water, for boiling




Preheat oven to 400º F and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.

Cook pasta according to packaging directions, or until al dente. Take your steak and season both sides generously with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook steak for 5-6 minutes, flipping in the middle, but not cooking through completely. Remove from heat.

In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook onions until transparent. Add in mushrooms and garlic, stirring occasionally. Season to taste and add 2 tablespoons heavy cream. Stir until thickened, then set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and spinach to the pan, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.

Pour 1 1/4 cup heavy cream into a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add in parmesan and blue cheese and reduce heat to a simmer, stirring until cheese is completely melted and sauce is smooth. Add pinch of nutmeg. Continue to simmer 10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.

Return garlic, mushrooms and onions to the spinach, and stir well.

Slice steak on the diagonal and add to the vegetables. Pour in pasta and cheese sauce and mix well. Pour mixture carefully into baking dish and top with blue cheese crumbles. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.





Quick Tip: You can use any pasta for this dish!

Thanks to 12 Tomatoes for this beefy mac and cheese twist!

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