Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese


Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese - photo credits to momtastic.com

This is a healthier spin on the classic Macaroni and Cheese - because sometimes I just crave something creamy, warm, buttery and cheesy! Obviously, this will not be the same, but it curbs that craving and is rich and really satisfying. I made it with a side of grilled chicken. Even Nate was impressed!

Ingredients:


  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and cut into large pieces
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock - if using homemade stock, I'd recommend 1 cup stock and 1 cup water to dilute the flavor just a little.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat pasta
  • 1 cup cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs 

Directions:

 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook cauliflower until soft, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a food processor.

2. Return pot to a boil and cook pasta for 5 minutes (set a timer!), until partially cooked.

3. In the meantime, heat stock with bay leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.

4. Process cauliflower with cheese, oil, mustard, and nutmeg. Add stock and blend to create a sauce, aiming for a fairly thick consistency - you may not need all of the stock. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Transfer pasta to a 9inch square baking dish and cover with cauliflower sauce. Spread evenly in dish, top with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, and back until golden and bubbling, ~30 minutes. Allow to cool just slightly, then serve!

Photo credits: homesicktexan.com
Adapted from: SeriousEats.com.



Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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