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My (new) Favorite Mac & Cheese Recipe

on January 24, 2013

IMG_0598Cauliflower is healthy, but can be a bit blah.  Mac and cheese is yummy, but depending on how you make it, it can beat a bag of Doritos for lowest nutritional value (Velveeta anyone?).  I’ve made butternut squash mac and cheese too often lately, and was ready for something new.   Not only did I find it, it’s even better than the butternut squash version!  Cauliflower mac and cheese is so creamy and delicious, it rivals even a veggie-less mac and cheese dish.  Before I go on, let me get you excited about how awesome  cauliflower is — they really are so much healthier than they appear.  I, for one, always think that really nutritious foods have bright colors, ie. beets, blueberries and kale; and therefore, bland color means less nutrition, ie. a potato.  Cauliflower breaks that rule.  It’s packed with antioxidants (vitamin C & manganese), phytonutrients, vitamin K, omega-3’s, fiber and a slew of B vitamins. Few things make me as happy these days as serving a dinner that I know my toddlers will love (& eat) and knowing that’s is really good for them!  If your family likes mac and cheese, you really need to try this.

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

1lb of pasta (I used whole wheat penne)

1 head of cauliflower, chopped

1 vidalia or sweet onion, diced

6 cloves of garlic

2 tblspn olive oil

sprig of thyme or tsp dried thyme

salt/pepper to taste

2 cups 1% or 2% milk

3 oz sharp cheddar, shredded

1/4 cup grated parmesan

Set oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium size pot, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until golden color (this is important bc it adds lots of flavor to dish).  Then add cauliflower and 1/4 cup of water, cover and steam over med heat for 20-25 min (until cauliflower is soft).  Boil pasta in separate pot.  Add milk to cauliflower and puree (I used immersion blender).

It should look like this:

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Add thyme and salt/pepper  to cauliflower and return to medium heat  for 3-5 minutes.  Add 2oz cheddar and grated parmesan to cauliflower mixture, add pasta and pour into glass baking dish,  Top with remaining cheddar and bake for 20-25 min.

Adapted from: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/baked-penne-cauliflower-cheese.aspx

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3 responses to “My (new) Favorite Mac & Cheese Recipe

  1. yum – next time i get a mac & cheese craving, i know what i’m making 🙂

  2. mysuperfoods says:

    Let us know how it goes!

  3. mysuperfoods says:

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