CAULIFLOWER MAC & CHEESE WITH A CRISPY CRUST

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This version is just as satisfying as a regular mac & cheese with the added boost of cauliflower and a savoury crunch that will keep you coming back for more. You will wonder why you ever made macaroni & cheese without cauliflower! We love the seedy goodness from Hippie Snacks Seed & Nut Clusters!

Cauliflower, as part of the cruciferous vegetable family (along with its green cousins Brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale & broccoli), is naturally high in fibre and B-vitamins. Don’t be fooled by its white colour – cauliflower is a powerhouse of antioxidants & phytonutrients that have been shown to protect against cancer. It also contains fibre to support digestion and choline that is essential for learning and memory. So move over macaroni & make room for cauliflower!

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese & Crispy Topping

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: vegetarian
Keyword: cauliflower, comfort

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups strong grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 onion finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups elbow whole wheat macaroni cooked gluten-free works fine
  • 3 cups cauliflower chopped into small florets

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Cook macaroni according to the package directions, add cauliflower for the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain.
  • While pasta is cooking, combine milk and flour in a medium saucepan, whisk until smooth.
  • Cook over medium-high heat for about 8 minutes until the mixture is bubbly and thickened. Stir in the onion, all spices (dry mustard, salt, paprika, pepper) and all cheese.
  • Cook while stirring until cheeses are completely melted.
  • Combine cheese sauce with cooked macaroni and cauliflower. Transfer to a large casserole dish that has been lightly sprayed with oil.
  • For Topping:
  • Mix bread crumbs, oregano, chili flakes, parmesan cheese & Hippie Snacks Crispy Onion Seed & Nut Clusters. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture.
  • Bake at 350°, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Serve with a green salad.

Notes

You can adjust the ratio of pasta to cauliflower or choose one over the other. It’s up to you. We find 50/50 the most comforting!

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