Creamy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Casserole

cauliflower mac and {almost no} cheese

This is a re-make of an old favorite.

I have made this dish before on the blog, but it was a vegetarian version.

Today, I added meat – and it was good. Really good. 
Creamy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Casserole

This dish was hard to photograph, but trust me – It’s very tasty.

Every since becoming pregnant, I have been on a major protein kick – and not just any protein, the ground beef kind. Pre-pregnancy I would get my protein in lots of other ways but now, baby wants beef so I have to roll with that. My doctor also told me at one appointment that my protein levels were a little low, which is another reason why I have been adding more and more to my diet.

The baby bump gets what the baby bump wants!

Luckily, this dish is pretty healthy – and there is only 1/2 cup of cheese in the mac & cheese portion of the meal {not counting the sprinkle of parmesan on the top of the dish!} – and it’s a pretty big dish! The cooked cauliflower blended together with the spices comes out so cheesy its crazy & oh so tasty! Totally hits the mac & cheese spot and the little kick of beef & onions just adds to the flavor explosion.

Seriously, add this meal to your to-try list! It makes a ton, the leftovers taste amazing and you will love every bite!

Inside the Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into large pieces
  • 8 oz. whole-wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a pinch of ginger
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small red onion, sliced and diced
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs

How To:

Heat oven to 400*.

Cook cauliflower in boiling water for 25 minutes. Put cauliflower and stock into food processor. Add sharp cheddar, oil, cinnamon, ginger, mustard, salt and pepper. Working in batches. Set sauce aside

While cauliflower is cooking – Boil a pot of salted water (for macaroni). Cook pasta in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Drain and rinse to cool – put pasta in greased baking dish.

Brown Beef in separate pan – add in onion & garlic in a splash of olive oil until soft & set aside

Mix beef mixture, pasta & sauce together –  toss and spread evenly in  large baking dish. Top with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Bake 20 minutes and Enjoy!

Creamy Cauliflower Casserole

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What’s Your Favorite Way to re-create the classic Mac & Cheese? Please Share!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Melissa October 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Yum! Sounds good. I like to add spinach, roasted tomatoes, butternut squash and/or roasted red peppers to my mac ‘n cheese!

  • Reply Patty O October 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Very easy recipe and looks oh so delicious! Must try this soon!

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