Simple mac-n-cheese.

Zach Paquette
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.

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  • 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, 5 to 6 minutes. Place cauliflower in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth.

  • Coat a large saucepan with non-stick cooking spray; place over medium heat. Add oil and flour; cook, stirring constantly, until a thick paste forms, 1 to 2 minutes. Add milk; cook and stir until mixture thickens, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Mix cauliflower, Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, salt, and pepper into milk mixture; stir until sauce is smooth. Fold macaroni into sauce.

Nutrition Facts

471 calories; 28.5 g total fat; 78 mg cholesterol; 655 mg sodium. 34.3 g carbohydrates; 19.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2017
Love this! I changed the recipe a bit doubled the roux kept the cauliflower in small chunks instead of using a food processor. Omitted the cream cheese and used several flavors of cheeses such as American Swiss Munster and. Cheddar. Loved incorporating cauliflower for a different flavor and texture. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/17/2019
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2017
Love this! I changed the recipe a bit doubled the roux kept the cauliflower in small chunks instead of using a food processor. Omitted the cream cheese and used several flavors of cheeses such as American Swiss Munster and. Cheddar. Loved incorporating cauliflower for a different flavor and texture. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2017
Love this! I changed the recipe a bit doubled the roux kept the cauliflower in small chunks instead of using a food processor. Omitted the cream cheese and used several flavors of cheeses such as American Swiss Munster and. Cheddar. Loved incorporating cauliflower for a different flavor and texture. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2018
Okay this one is hard to admit. My kids said that this tastes as good as my full fat mac and cheese. Actually... they said it was...*cringe*....creamier. The trick here is pureeing the cauliflower in the blender. I added about 3/4 of a cup of the steaming liquid to the blender. This is where the creaminess comes from. I doubled the recipe. I had to make it taste as close to mine as possible because I was trying to fool my kids. So I added a tsp. of onion powder and a 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and a Tbsp of prepared yellow mustard to the cheese/cauliflower mixture. All of the dairy elements were low fat or skim. (the cream cheese was Neufchatel.) I also added extra cauliflower. (By about 2/3 of a cup) My original uses 1/2 cup of butter and 6 cups of whole milk. What an incredibly easy way to cut fat and calories. I LOVE when that happens! This is a Dish of Delish!! Thanks so much for posting the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2017
Really yummy! The consistency of the sauce is not smooth because of the cauliflower but that was fine with my family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2017
This was really good! I was looking to incorporate some veggies into my dish and I also appreciated that it did not require baking. I doubled the veggies and blended it with the milk. I used butter instead of oil and added a cup of chopped ham. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2016
Easy recipe to make. We liked the tanginess of the cream cheese that came through. We made it as called for but did add a more milk as we were making the cheese sauce (a 1/4 Cup) and the sauce was still very thick. Next time I may cut back a bit on the cream cheese and see if that helps create a creamier sauce. Thanks for the very good Recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2017
Delicious. I used medium cheddar for more flavor and used 1/2 the cream cheese. So great. Thanks. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2018
Even the toddler and picky 5 year old loved it! I winged it a bit since we didn't have cheddar or cream cheese so I used havarti and Monterey jack cheeses and cooked the cauliflower with garlic and onion. We will be trying it again this week by request following the recipe as written. I have pretty high expectations. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2018
This was amazing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2019
Tasted amazing added chicken as a meat on the side. Did come out a bit thick and rich. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/17/2019
instructions unclear got noodles up arse Read More