Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pass it on: Week 2: Mac & cauliflower & cheese

A big thanks again to Megan at Tomato Tots for organizing this week's Pass it On recipe. I'm a little late I know, sorry about that. I'm happy to say that we made the dish tonight and it was really really good! Very cheesy, very creamy and the cauliflower adds a nutty flavor. The little Witch enjoyed this one as well which is a huge plus. It makes a TON - which is great when feeding a crowd or for lunches.

Theres only 5 ingredients in this recipe. It takes about 10 minutes to make once the water boils. What's not to love here? Feel free to customize this with any hearty veggie your family likes, broccoli would be a great substitue for the cauliflower. Some tomatoes would be both pretty and flavorful added at the end. Feel free to play around with this one.

Lastly I did use real sour cream this time. I've never made this before & didn't know if Greek yogurts tang would be good or not. Next time I'll use 1/2 sour cream 1/2 Greek yogurt and see how that is. It sure would help on the calories.

Mac & cauliflower & cheese
makes 6-8 side dish servings
1/2 head cauliflower
1/2 box pasta, I used Ronzoni Smart Taste rotini, they worked wonderfully
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 oz shredded Asiago or Parmesean cheese
3/4 c sour cream
2 T finely minced parsley

Slice cauliflower into 1 inch slabs, then cut those into large chunks, discarding any tough stalks.

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add 2 T kosher salt to water. Add cauliflower and pasta, cook 8 min or until pasta is done.


In the same pot that the pasta cooked in add the cheese and sour cream. Stir well until cheese melts about 80% of the way. Add the drained pasta, cauliflower & parsley. Stir well to melt remaining cheese and coat each piece in sauce.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople Recipe calculator
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317.1
Total Fat 18.1 g
Saturated Fat 10.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.4 g
Cholesterol 45.8 mg
Sodium 470.2 mg
Potassium 281.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 24.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.8 g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 15.7 g


Jenn said...

It sure does look good... I wonder if I could make it without Chris even knowing there was cauliflower in it!!

Megan Carroll said...

Hi Andrea, looks good. I added your link to this weeks Week 3's pass it on list. Have fun with this weeks it is delicious especially for the more adventurous! Cheers.

Lisa Fairbank said...

Hi Andrea, thanks for your comment on my Navajo tacos last month. This recipe looks great, I make something similar, but I add bacon, sure bumps up the fat content!

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