Fall Fest: Cauliflower and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

By: Cameron Curtis

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I can't think of cauliflower without thinking about cheese. And since the temperature dipped below 40 degrees last night, my Dutch oven returned from its seasonal hiatus to host a twist on Rachael's Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese.

Instead of steaming the cauliflower, I coated it in olive oil, salt and pepper and then roasted it (along with broccoli for some green in the pasta dish) to develop a crispy and caramelized texture before baking with the cheese sauce.

Using Rachael’s method for the sauce, I melted butter with chopped onions and garlic and cooked until tender, then added 3 tablespoons of flour and whisked for 1 minute. Next I whisked in whole milk and seasoned with salt, pepper, nutmeg and sage. Instead of Dijon you can swap in mustard powder, and you can skip Gruyere in favor of the more wallet-friendly Gouda.

Next, add the cooked pasta, cauliflower and broccoli to the cheese sauce and stir to combine. I topped with a bit of Parmesan so the baked pasta would develop a nice crusty top.

After 45 minutes, a comforting macaroni and cheese emerged from the oven.

More Cauliflower Recipes from Family & Friends:

Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Roasted Cauliflower and Bulgur Salad

Jeanette's Healthy Living: Roasted Garlic Cauliflower and Potatoes

Feed Me Phoebe: Pan-Roasted Cauliflower
Blue Apron Blog: Cauliflower "Mac 'n Cheese"

The Sensitive Epicure: Cauliflower Flat Bread (Gluten-Free)

Weelicious: Cheddar Cauliflower

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