Cauliflower Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese

Cauliflower Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese

Mac n’ cheese can’t get any simpler than this!  I assure you that this recipe is just as easy as making the pre-packaged stuff.  And let’s not forget that THIS version is, without a doubt, MUCH healthier!

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I can honestly say that I’ve yet to buy my son Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (and I probably never will) but it doesn’t concern me in the least because instead of eating pre-packaged (powdered!!) cheese he gets a healthy homemade version made from genuinely fresh ingredients!  Besides, what better way to sneak in add veggies to our kid’s meals…what they don’t know won’t hurt them, right?! 😉

This recipe calls for my creamy cauliflower sauce but you can also steam the cauliflower and mash it before preparing. 

1/2 cup elbow macaroni (or pasta of choice)
1 baby cube creamy cauliflower sauce (or 1/4 cup steamed, mashed cauliflower)
2-3 tbsp. grated or crumbled cheddar cheese (or cheese of choice-I used marble)
1/4 cup pasta cooking water
pinch of nutmeg (optional, if not adding creamy cauliflower sauce)
Parmesan cheese to taste

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Cook pasta according to package instructions.  (The pasta cooking times will vary depending on which type of pasta you choose.) I usually prepare the pasta “al dente” (with just a little bite) since it continues to cook when heating the cauliflower puree and cheese.  Once the pasta is cooked, drain (reserving 1/4 of the cooking water) in a small strainer.

Reduce heat to low and return the saucepan to the burner.  Add cauliflower puree, and cheese and add 1 tablespoon at a time of the cooking water until you get the desired consistency.

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*TIP: I start with 3 tablespoons of the cooking water and add more if needed (to avoid ending up with a runny mac n’cheese!)

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Heat through until the cheese is melted and the liquid has almost completely evaporated.

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Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, and freshly grated Parmesan!

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Serve warm as is or try my Tomato Mac n’ Cheese recipe for a slightly varied version of the original recipe.

Wondering why this recipe is considered “Baby Bites?!” Simply cook the pasta until VERY soft then mash the mac n’ cheese with a fork before serving to baby!

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What do you prefer…store-bought Mac n’ Cheese or homemade?

Cauliflower Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese

Mac n’ cheese can’t get any simpler than this!  I assure you that this recipe is just as easy as making the pre-packaged stuff.  And let’s not forget that THIS version is, without a doubt, MUCH healthier! I can honestly say that I’ve yet to buy my son Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (and I probably …

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