Cauliflower florets are baked into this creamy macaroni and cheese with a golden brown panko topping.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a ceramic or glass baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add cauliflower florets and boil for one minute. Remove with a slotted spoon.

  • Cook pasta shells in the same water, following instructions on the Horizon package. To the drained pasta, add 1/2 cup milk (instead of 1/4 cup as shown on the package), 2 tablespoons butter, and packet of cheese powder.

  • Stir in cream cheese and Cheddar cheese; mix well until combined and cheese is melted. Add cauliflower and mix. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

  • Spoon macaroni and cheese into prepared baking dish. Smooth out the top.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter. In a small bowl, mix together panko breadcrumbs, melted butter, salt and pepper. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and cheese.

  • Bake until the breadcrumbs are golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

337 calories; protein 10.5g 21% DV; carbohydrates 35.7g 12% DV; fat 18.8g 29% DV; cholesterol 51.6mg 17% DV; sodium 691.8mg 28% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2019
My family enjoyed this macaroni cauliflower dish. We made our own macaroni pasta, delicious! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/26/2015
Final outcome didn't look exactly like the photo. Also make sure you use an 8x8 or smaller pan. I used an 8x8 and the recipe didn't feel even-- as if I should've gone with a bit smaller pan. Recipe tasted good but again for adding the cauliflower it still seems like a fairly unhealthy recipe. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
05/26/2015
Final outcome didn't look exactly like the photo. Also make sure you use an 8x8 or smaller pan. I used an 8x8 and the recipe didn't feel even-- as if I should've gone with a bit smaller pan. Recipe tasted good but again for adding the cauliflower it still seems like a fairly unhealthy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2017
Made this for my parents... they LOVED it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2019
My family enjoyed this macaroni cauliflower dish. We made our own macaroni pasta, delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2015
This turned out great! I put Sriracha on it and it was even better! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2016
Yes I will t y this again. My husband liked it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2016
I'm a total newbie chef and when I came across this recipe I saw everything I liked. I did add garlic powder and paprika to my batch to make it a little more flavorful. But this is a great base to start with. This also tastes amazing when you reheat it. I'm definitely going to keep making this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2019
i loved it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2018
I did a couple things different. But this is wonderful my entire family loved it. Instead of baking I just made it in a pot on stove. I used sour cream instead of cream cheese but I will try the cream cheese next time. I also made the Panko on the side and sprinkled it on top of the plates once dishes up. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2017
Big hit with my family. I modified the recipe a bit based on what I had in the kitchen. I used buttermilk instead of regular milk and reduced the cream cheese. I also used riced cauliflower. Read More