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Easy Family Recipes: Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and CheeseMac and cheese is always a favorite, and kids and adults alike love its rich creaminess. Instead of saving it as an indulgence though, take a step toward making a healthier dish by loading it with nutritious cauliflower. Cauliflower is fairly neutral in taste, and with a luscious homemade cheese sauce, your family will gobble it down without a fuss. The trick is to cut the head of cauliflower into very small florets so that they will cook at the same pace as the pasta, enabling you to save a pot and skip a step in the process. The florets will retain their shape, but be tender to the bite and blend in easily with the rest of the dish. Give it a try!

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2 cups small shell-shaped pasta
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets, about 6 cups
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups DairyPure Whole milk or 2% Reduced Fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

In large saucepot, heat 10 cups salted water to boiling. Add shell pasta and cauliflower. Heat to boiling; simmer uncovered, 6 minutes. Drain immediately.

Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt butter; add onion. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until blended; cook 1 minute. Gradually stir in milk and mustard while whisking; cook until mixture thickens and is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in cheese until melted and smooth.

Heat oven to 400-degrees F. Toss panko breadcrumbs with olive oil. Grease 2-quart baking dish or casserole. In large bowl, toss pasta and cauliflower mixture with cheese sauce to mix well. Sprinkle top with breadcrumb mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly.

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