Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

The only thing that could make mac n cheese better would be to sneak in some added nutrition. I’m not a fan of hiding vegetables in classic dishes, but this cauliflower mac n cheese is so creamy, cheesy and delicious that my kids actually ask for it over the traditional recipe. Give it a try and I promise you’ll only make this recipe when you’re craving weeknight comfort food.

Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

1 lb elbow macaroni pasta, cooked al dente

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp all purpose gluten free flour (THIS NAMASTE FLOUR is my favorite brand)

1/2 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp sea salt

1 1/2 cups 2% milk, microwaved until hot but not boiling

1 bay leaf

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cups grated Parmesan

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

pinch of cayenne (optional)

1 head cauliflower, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

Heat oven to 375. In a large sauce pan set to medium heat, sauce the minced cauliflower, garlic and onion with the butter for about 10 minutes or translucent. Sprinkle the flour over the cauliflower and stir until coated.Meanwhile, microwave the milk with the bayleaf for 1 minute. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking vigorously until well combined. Add salt, cheddar, nutmeg and cayenne. Stir until combined, then taste and add salt to your liking. Place in a baking dish, sprinkle with parmesan and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or cheese is browned and bubbly. Cool slightly before serving.

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