Creamy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese



Creamy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Picture this: a steaming bowl of macaroni and cheese, creamy and comforting, but with a healthy twist. Our Creamy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese is a delightful blend of velvety cheese sauce and tender cauliflower, creating a guilt-free indulgence for your taste buds. Whether you’re a mac ‘n’ cheese aficionado or looking to sneak some veggies into your meal, this recipe will win you over.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • 8 ounces macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (optional, for topping)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a large pot and cook the cauliflower florets until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the macaroni pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a separate pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk continuously to form a roux.
  4. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking, ensuring no lumps form. Cook until the mixture thickens.
  5. Stir in the grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese until smooth and creamy.
  6. Combine the cooked cauliflower and macaroni with the cheese sauce, mixing gently to coat evenly.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and, if desired, sprinkle breadcrumbs on top for a crispy crust.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese is the perfect marriage of comfort food and nutrition. Creamy cheese sauce coats tender cauliflower and macaroni for a dish that’s as wholesome as it is indulgent. Plus, it’s a clever way to sneak in some veggies without sacrificing the classic mac ‘n’ cheese taste.

Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 450 | Total Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 380mg | Total Carbohydrates: 36g | Dietary Fiber: 4g | Sugars: 5g | Protein: 20g

Picture yourself enjoying this creamy, dreamy dish—a healthier take on a beloved classic. Creamy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese will be your new go-to recipe, sure to please both kids and adults alike. Make it for a weeknight dinner or a gathering with friends, and savor the delight in every bite.