Cheesy Mac and Cauliflower Bake!

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Cheesy Mac and Cauliflower Bake!
By: Kecia’s Flavor Breakthrough!

So a little revising of the plans came about tonight with a bit of a blast of winter! Snowing, blowing and just downright nasty! I wanted to come home… not go to the store! What do I have that I can make with a main dish of chicken? Hmmm… I have cauliflower in the fridge. I have pasta, Oh… cheese, too! Sounds like I might have a plan! Throw it together and bake it to go with skillet chicken! MMMM! I think even my boy will love this recipe!

Serves 6

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup macaroni
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 1 ½ cup light cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsps. Parsley flakes for color
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350°F

Strain

Cook macaroni in boiling water for ONLY 5 minutes. During the last minute toss in the cauliflower. Drain and set aside.

Onion

In a saucepan over medium heat melt the butter, add the onion and cook until slightly translucent.

Sauce

Add the cream, salt and pepper and parsley flakes. Heat until hot, stirring often so not to scorch. When hot, slowly whisk in the cheddar cheese. Continue to whisk until completely melted and smooth.

In Dish

Coat a casserole dish with nonstick spray and pour the cauliflower and macaroni in.

Add sauce

Pour the cheese sauce evenly over the top. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Top

Mix together the Parmesan and bread crumbs. Remove foil, sprinkle with parmesan and bread crumb mixture over the top.

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Place back in oven an additional 10 minutes or until it begins to brown on top.

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Let sit for 5 minutes before serving!

This was outrageously good and would be an incredible meatless meal as well!

This was truly special with my Cast Iron Fried Chicken!

 

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6 Comments

  1. I love the combination of Cheddar and Parmesan together in white sauce, and I bet the cauliflower gave the mac and cheese a further depth. Lokks so good, Kecia!

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