Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese


Last week my mom put together a delicious ham dinner for New Year’s Day. Always a gracious host, she sent us home with lots of leftover ham, our favorite rosa maria fruit salad, and plenty of vegetables. This included a huge head of cauliflower that was not cut into. So what is a small family supposed to do with so much cauliflower? It didn’t take long for me to find an intriguing recipe to try for macaroni and cheese.

If you haven’t heard of baking cauliflower with noodles, dairy, and crackers, before, you may think it’s crazy. But it’s not. In fact, my husband commented that it was one of his favorite mac and cheese dishes to date. And my very selective (I don’t like calling her “picky”) four year old daughter? She LOVED it. She got up the next morning and asked for it for breakfast. THAT’S when you know you have a winner of a dish!

This recipe was inspired by Eat Yourself Skinny.

Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese
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Serves: 8
  • 1 (14.5 oz) box elbow noodles
  • ½ of a large cauliflower head, trimmed and cut into small florets
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan & Romano cheese blend
  • 8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 cup "Chicken in a Biscuit" crackers, crushed
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add macaroni and cauliflower. Return to a boil and boil for 13 minutes. Drain macaroni and cauliflower in a colander and set aside.
  3. Place parmesan & romano cheese blend, grated extra sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, half-and-half, salt, and pepper, and parsley in the same pot used for the noodles and cauliflower. Stir over low heat until well-combined and cheeses are completely melted. Add cooked cauliflower and noodles, stirring to coat.
  4. Pour mixture into a 3 quart casserole dish.Top with crushed crackers. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until bubbling and the crumbs are browned.


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