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Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Cauliflower adds a hidden layer of veggies to this simple comfort food. For even more veggies, add a head of broccoli.

Serves 6
Ready in 45 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 35 mins
540 calories per serving


> 8 oz elbow macaroni
> 1 cauliflower head
> 1 medium yellow onion
> 1 celery stalk
> 2 tbsp peanut oil
> 3 cups shredded low-fat Cheddar 
> 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
> 4 oz low-fat cream cheese
> ¼ cup low-fat milk
> 3 tsp ground nutmeg
> 7 oz sliced ham, cut into thin strips
> 5 tbsp panko bread crumbs


Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain the pasta and place back in pot. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and boil for 2 min.
Dice the onion and the celery. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the onion and celery for 5 min., or until soft.
Add the onion and celery to the cooked pasta. Fold in the cheddar, mozzarella, cream cheese, milk and nutmeg. Mix over low heat for 2 min. or until the cheese is melted. Fold in the cauliflower and ham. Pour the pasta into a 13x9-inch baking dish and sprinkle the panko over the top. Bake for 25 min., or until cauliflower is tender and the top is golden brown.

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