Baked Mac 'n Cheese with Cauliflower

stephanie tate


This is a neighborhood favorite -- comforting and delicious!

The cauliflower adds texture and flavor that compliments the pasta and cheese.

We make an effort to use whole foods where we can so whole wheat flour and pasta noodles are used in our kitchen but white flour is fine.

Also, you can use any bread crumbs. We've even made our own with left over garlic bread.

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10 as side or 6 as a main


10 Min


1 Hr 20 Min


3 Tbsp
butter or earth balance butter substitute
1 c
onion, finely diced
2 1/2 Tbsp
whole wheat flour
2 1/2 c
low fat milk
3 c
sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp
spicy mustard
2 pinch
creole or cajun spice
2 1/2 c
whole wheat pasta of your preference (shells, macaroni, rotini)
1 1/2 c
cauliflower florets
1/2 c
breadcrumbs (we prefer panko)
1/8 c
parmesan cheese

Directions Step-By-Step

cook pasta in heavily salted water according to package directions.
in 2 qt. sauce pan saute onions in 2 tbsps. butter until translucent over medium heat.
add flour and stir until the onions are coated - approximately 1 min.
while stirring add milk and reduce heat to medium low. allow milk to get hot but not boil.
add cheese and continue to stir until incorporated. add mustard and spice to taste.
in a oil sprayed casserole dish add pasta and uncooked cauliflower florets. cover with cheese sauce.
in a small pan melt the rest of the butter and add the bread crumbs until well coated. remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese and sprinkle over top.
bake on 350 degree for approximately 50 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and the top is browned.
let stand for approximately 10 minutes prior to serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Vegetables, Pasta Sides
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: For Kids
Recipe For: The Best Cauliflower