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White Cheddar Spinach & Artichoke Mac-n-Cheese

8 oz. penne pasta

4 c. water

2 c. milk

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese

4 oz. Cabot white cheddar cheese, shredded

1 c. frozen and drained chopped spinach

6 oz. marinated artichokes, drained and chopped

2 t. salt

1.  In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat the water, milk, minced garlic, salt and penne pasta over medium heat.  Bring this to a low bowl.  The pasta will cook in this mixture.  Stir occasionally to keep from sticking.  When the pasta is almost finished you'll notice the liquid has reduced by half.

2.  When the pasta is cooked turn down the heat and slowly stir in the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese. Continue to stir until it forms a smooth cheese sauce.

3.  Fold in the spinach and chopped artichokes.

4.  Bring the heat down to low, continuing to stir occasionally, until sauce is thickened and you are ready to serve.

5.  Optional: add in chopped cooked chicken or shrimp.