Friday, February 25, 2011

Vegetarian Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Recipe


Day 56.

Another easy Once a Month freezer meal. We are nearing the end of these meals. But it's almost a new month, so you'll likely see more soon!

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese 
Adapted from Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Ingredients
1 pound dry elbow pasta
1/4 C of unsalted butter plus more to top
1/4 C of AP flour
2 C of whole milk
1 C of heavy cream
1 tsp. of dry mustard
3 C of grated cheddar cheese
1 C of parmesan cheese plus more to top
1 C of breadcrumbs
1 C of grated cauliflower
2 tsp. of fresh thyme

Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the dried elbow pasta and stir. Cook just under (about a minute) al dente. Drain, rinse with cool water and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt 1/4 cup of butter in an 11" cast iron skillet and whisk in the flour. Cook out the flour for a couple of minutes then add in the milk and cream. Whisk constantly to make sure it's smooth without lumps.

Whisk in the dry mustard and season with salt and pepper.

In batches, melt in the cheddar/parmesan cheese. Mix a little in at a time and whisk to prevent lumps. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cooked, drained pasta to the cheese mixture and stir until the pasta's evenly coated.

Mix together the breadcrumbs, cauliflower and thyme in a bowl until evenly mixed. Spread evenly on top of the pasta. Dot the top of the breadcrumb with more butter and place in the oven.

Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until browned and bubbling. I usually place it on top of a baking sheet so cleaning up isn't such a hassle. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

The Results
Wow! This was fantastic. I originally intended to "meat" it up by adding bacon, but decided against it at the last minute. I froze this ahead of time in a ziploc bag, then thawed, topped it with the bread crumb mix and baked for 30 minutes at 400. So, so good and turned out perfectly. A definite repeat.

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2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great cauliflower recipe! Found you at EKat's Friday Potluck... I'd like to invite you to come link your most popular recipe at Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday #2: Most Popular Recipes from the Food Blogosphere. Looking forward to seeing what that is!

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  2. This is fantastic! I love, and when I say love, I mean obsess over mac n cheese. Love the addition of cauliflower! Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck - can't wait to see what you bring this week.

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