• Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower

    February 2, 2009

    “This is the best thing you’ve cooked for dinner!” 

                            Mal, 7:01 pm 


    Unfortunately, I can’t take sole credit for tonight’s dinner. The recipe is from this month’s Real Simple magazine: Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower

    I really wish this recipe was mine though! I haven’t eaten comfort food this heavenly in a long time! 

    Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower

    Cooking with extra-sharp Cheddar lets you use less cheese without giving up flavor. Tender cauliflower adds fiber and vitamin C.

    12 ounces multigrain elbow macaroni 
    1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped 
    4 slices multigrain bread, torn* 
    1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped 
    3 tablespoons olive oil 
    Kosher salt and pepper 
    1 onion, finely chopped 
    1 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar (6 ounces) 
    1 1/2 cups reduced-fat sour cream 
    1/2 cup 1 percent milk 
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

    * Instead of bread, I used 1 cup of breadcrumbs. 

    Heat oven to 400° F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, adding the cauliflower during the last 3 minutes of cooking time; drain.

    Meanwhile, pulse the bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add the parsley, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and pulse to combine; set aside.

    Return the pasta pot to medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, just until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Mix in the pasta, cauliflower, cheese, sour cream, milk, and mustard.

    Transfer to a shallow 3-quart baking dish, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

    Yield: Makes 6 servings

    Note: The serving size for this recipe is huge! Together, the pasta and cauliflower were so incredible filing, I could barely finish my portion… but it was sooooo delicious, I managed! 😉

    CALORIES 537; FAT 23g (sat 9g); CHOLESTEROL 51mg; CARBOHYDRATE 63g; SODIUM 692mg; PROTEIN 24g; FIBER 8g; SUGARS 8g

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    { 7 comments… read them below or add one }

    Margaret February 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Looks wonderful. Really vamps up mac and cheese.


    Genevieve Thul February 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Referred to your post and photo on my blog for tomorrow: http://turquoisegates.blogspot.com/2010/03/comfort-food.html


    taylor September 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I made this tonight and added chicken sausage…it was super tasty!!


    Heather October 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I’m wondering the same thing! Let us know how it turns out!


    Kelsey October 20, 2010 at 8:56 am

    We just made this for dinner last night. I LOVE the cauliflower in it, however I thought it was pretty dry. Maybe some more cheese next time? We’ll keep it in the rotation!


    Katya December 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Trying this one tonight. Hopefully mine turns out as good, looking for recipes to add for the New-Hubby cookbook.


    CHANDRALEKHA A/P KALAIMUTO April 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

    recipes non and vegetarian dishes


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