I got this recipe from Real Simple magazine. I love baked macaroni and cheese and this seems to be a more healthy version using multigrain pasta and cauliflower.  It’s delish!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower recipe from the Bartholomew Buffet - bbuffet.com

12 oz. multigrain elbow macaroni
1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
4 slices multigrain bread, torn
1/2 C. flat-leaf parsley, chopped
3 T. olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 C. grated extra-sharp Cheddar (6 oz)
1 1/2 C. reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 C. percent milk
1 T. Dijon mustard

  1. Heat oven to 400º F.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, adding cauliflower during the last 3 minutes of cooking time; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, pulse the bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form.  Add the parsley, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and pulse to combine; set aside.
  4. Return the pasta pot to medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil.  Add the onion, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, just until soft,  5 to 7 minutes.  Mix in pasta, cauliflower, cheese, sour cream, milk and mustard.
  5. Transfer to a shallow 3-quart baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs, and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 6

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