This is one of my favorite recipes. It earned me the 1st Prize and my first prize when I was still in my teens. This dish is most comforting to me. Serve hot with dinner rolls and pasta, or enjoy it with anything - rice, naan, tortillas, etc.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
41 mins
total:
1 hr 16 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cream Sauce:
Vegetable Base:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly pour in milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Simmer until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in processed cheese, heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and Italian seasoning.

  • Prick whole cauliflower in several places with a fork. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook, uncovered, until slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Drain.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add potato, carrot, red bell peppers, peas, and green beans. Season with salt. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables start to release their moisture, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns.

  • Transfer vegetables to prepared baking dish. Place whole cauliflower in the center. Pour some sauce over cauliflower; fold remaining sauce in with vegetables. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top. Scatter Parmesan cheese on top. Sprinkle remaining 2 teaspoons peppercorns over cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Use olive oil instead of butter for cooking the vegetables if you prefer. If using salted butter, use less salt.

Use fat-free or full-fat cream as preferred. Substitute another cheese for Parmesan if desired.

Spoon some ketchup on top before the bread crumbs and cheese if you like.

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; protein 16.6g 33% DV; carbohydrates 28.3g 9% DV; fat 22.1g 34% DV; cholesterol 67.3mg 22% DV; sodium 657.9mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition
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