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MACARONI & CHEESE WITH CAULIFLOWER

Macaroni & Cheese with Cauliflower

by family features

This kid-friendly DairyPure mac & cheese with cauliflower is a fun, tasty way to incorporate veggies into your little ones' favorite meal!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups small shell-shaped pasta
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets, about 6 cups
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups DairyPure Whole milk or DairyPure 2% Reduced Fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

Preparation Time 
20 minutes
 
Cook Time 
20 minutes
Serves 
6
 
 
In large saucepot, heat 10 cups salted water to boiling. Add shell pasta and cauliflower. Heat to boiling; simmer uncovered, 6 minutes. Drain immediately.
Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt butter; add onion. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until blended; cook 1 minute. Gradually stir in DairyPure milk and mustard; cook until mixture thickens and is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in cheese until melted and smooth.
 
Heat oven to 400°F. Toss breadcrumbs with olive oil. Grease 2-quart baking dish or casserole. In large bowl, toss pasta and cauliflower mixture with cheese sauce to mix well. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly.