Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mac N Cheese with cauliflower

When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to make it! Since mac n cheese lacks a major part of my husband's diet (PROTEIN!), I tested out this dish on my girlfriend Leah. It was the perfect post-yoga meal for us :-). I changed the original recipe quite a bit and it turned out delicious!

2 cups of your choice pasta, I used garden variety shells
1 head cauliflower, chopped into bit sized pieces (like you'd see on a veggie tray)
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup milk
Basil leaves

1. Boil and cook the pasta according to the package. Add the cauliflower pieces for the last 3 minutes of cooking.
2. Drain the pasta/cauliflower and return to pot. 
3. In a separate pan cook 1 tbsp olive oil, the onion, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper on medium for 5-7 min or until the onion is soft. 
4. Add the milk, cheese and sour cream and stir until completely mixed. Now mix the cheese mixture with the cooked pasta/cauliflower
5. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil with the breadcrumbs. The mixture will get "clumpy" but stir until even
5. Pour the pasta mixture into a full size greased baking dish and cover with breadcrumbs. Sprinkle with basil leaves and cook for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees.
6. Let cool and enjoy!!


Navigating North said...

Dam delicious! You OWN that kitchen girl!! The future kids (no pressure or anything...) are gonna be happy their momma's got it goin on!

Mrs. T said...

Oooooh... YUM!!! Your recipes always look amazing!!

Amanda Maggio said...

yummy! gotta try that!

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

Sounds fabulous! I love that you used cauliflower!


trininista said...

Looks delish.

xo katrina said...

this looks yummy! there's nothing like mac n cheese from scratch.

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness!!! I'm making that the day I get back from my honeymoon!!! Can't eat any of that right now due to the damn diet I am on!!!!

Emily said...

Love your blog! So sweet. Following. :)

Meredith said...

This looks so great! I'm loving everything on your blog!!

Heather from wearetheholdens.blogspot.com said...

I can't wait to try this recipe. My kids I'm hoping will like it...great twist on mac n' cheese.

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