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Healthy Creamy Mac and Cheese

Rated as 3.9 out of 5 Stars

"Cauliflower and nutritional yeast add protein and vitamins while blending the cauliflower, Greek yogurt, low-fat sharp Cheddar, and chicken stock create a creamy texture. The sharp Cheddar plus spices maintain a nice cheesy taste. It's better than you might think."
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Ingredients

1 h servings 335 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 25 minutes.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a 9x13-inch casserole dish.
  4. Blend cauliflower, yogurt, chicken broth, and olive oil in a blender until smooth; pour cauliflower mixture into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir Cheddar cheese, nutritional yeast, mustard powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg into cauliflower mixture; cook and stir until cheese sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni; toss to coat.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Mix Parmesan cheese and panko crumbs together in a bowl; sprinkle over macaroni. Bake until Parmesan cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 335 calories; 11.5 g fat; 42.8 g carbohydrates; 18.3 g protein; 15 mg cholesterol; 284 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This was wonderful.I used a mixture of shredded cheese and then mixed the sauce up with my immersion blender. No need to heat it up as the heat from the cauliflower melted the shredded cheese. I...

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I made this as written, but without the nutritional yeast because I did not have any on hand. I liked it, but my kids wouldn't touch it (not sure why, they had no idea it was cauliflower!) and ...

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This was wonderful.I used a mixture of shredded cheese and then mixed the sauce up with my immersion blender. No need to heat it up as the heat from the cauliflower melted the shredded cheese. I...

I made this as written, but without the nutritional yeast because I did not have any on hand. I liked it, but my kids wouldn't touch it (not sure why, they had no idea it was cauliflower!) and ...

Delicious! Did without mustard and made with gluten free pasta. Boyfriend who hates veggies had no idea there was cauliflower in it!

I was a little skeptical about this dish, especially since it was the first time using nutritional yeast. It was amazingly delicious and is now permanently in my routine recipe stash. I used a...

I love this idea. While I did make changes (added salsa, reduced pasta and cheese, used sour cream instead of yogurt, used water instead of chicken broth, left out the nutmeg, bread crumbs, oil...

I followed the recipe almost exactly, I just added a little sprinkle of extra cheese, and had high hopes. It was bland and I did not care for the yogurt. Removing it from my recipe box.

I followed the recipe as written, but found I needed a whole 16 oz box of pasta, instead of the 8 oz. It has become a regular in my kitchen. Kids prefer it to the traditional mac n cheese.

I was skeptical when I had to blend the cauliflower, but it turned out perfectly proportioned and delicious. I also added chicken to the sauce for protein.

Delicious. I prefer this to regular mac and cheese which seems bland in comparison to this. I mashed only half of the cauliflower and left the rest in small florets. First time using the nu...