Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

3 cups uncooked macaroni or other small pasta
3 cups cauliflower florets (1 medium head)
2 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
2 TBS all-purpose flower
1 cup milk
11/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used a blend of cheeses that had cheddar)
1/2 cup extra firm tofu, crumbled (I did not add this)
1/2 TSP salt
1/4 TSP freshly cracked pepper
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 F
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. When there are 3 minutes of cooking time left, add the cauliflower to pot and let it cook with pasta for the remaining time. Drain.
In another large pot (I used the same pot), heat 1 TBS olive oil over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Whisk in the milk, cooking until thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, tofu, salt, pepper, cooked pasta, and cauliflower.
Transfer the mixture to 9x13-inch baking dish. Stir together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and remaining 1 TBS olive oil. Sprinkle over pasta. Bake for 30 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
Serves 6
Tip: make a double batch and freeze half before baking (up to 3 months) when tightly sealed.
Recipe from the yummy mummy kitchen book (Marina Delio)

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