Best Cauli Mac and Cheese

Best Cauli Mac and Cheese - All that's Jas

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Best homemade mac and cheese loaded with cauliflower will trick the pickiest eaters into eating their veggies.

 

Best Cauli Mac and Cheese - All that's Jas

 

Today I’m teaching you a little trick. My granddaughters come over for dinner every other week. Their only request? Mac and cheese. I think I need to buy some stock in pasta, but I digress.

 

Mac and cheese is simple to make from scratch (no need for boxed versions that are full of additives), and is very forgiving in that you can’t really mess it up, even when experimenting with it.

 

In this version, I added cauliflower. The flavor is mild and it wouldn’t set off my granddaughters’ “veggie radar” because it blends right in (as does its color). It also adds a mild sweetness to the dish.

 

Tip: Never reveal your secret!

 

It turns out there are plenty of picky eaters among adults as well, but trust me, you can trick them too with this yummy dish. I’m a real magician when it comes to hiding veggies. I’ve snuck a whole cabbage head into this sneaky casserole and no one ever knew. The veggies are not really hidden in these southwestern egg rolls, but they are so fun to eat.

 

I’m always looking for ways to make comfort foods a bit healthier.

 

Have you snuck veggies into your dishes? How do you make your recipes wholesome? Tell me in the comments!

 

Best Cauli Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Best Cauli Mac and Cheese - All that's Jas

 

Ingredients:
Serves 4-6

  • 8 ounces uncooked macaroni (I used whole grain Rotini)
  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. In a pot of salted water cook cauliflower and macaroni al dente according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat two tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Add cooked macaroni and cauliflower. Stir in sour cream, milk, cheese, and mustard. Season the macaroni with salt and pepper. Stir well until cheese is melted. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  3. In a small bowl mix bread crumbs, parsley, and one tablespoon olive oil. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

 

Best Cauli Mac and Cheese - All that's Jas

Best Cauli Mac and Cheese - All that's Jas

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Best Cauli Mac and Cheese

Best homemade mac and cheese loaded with cauliflower will trick the pickiest eaters into eating their veggies.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 ounces uncooked macaroni I used whole grain Rotini
  • 1 small head cauliflower chopped
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup low fat sour cream
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese I used Mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a pot of salted water cook cauliflower and macaroni al dente according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet heat two tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Add cooked macaroni and cauliflower. Stir in sour cream, milk, cheese, and mustard. Season the macaroni with salt and pepper. Stir well until cheese is melted. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  • In a small bowl mix bread crumbs, parsley, and one tablespoon olive oil. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
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74 Comment

  1. Reply
    Angie | Fiesta Friday
    January 5, 2018 at 8:44 am

    What, you have granddaughters?!?! How did you do that, had children when you were 12?! LOL Anyway, love the idea! Besides, technically cauliflower is not a veggie, it’s not green ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 5, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      LOL, Angie, you’re too sweet. I turned 52 in December, but thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€
      So, what is cauliflower then if not a veggie? I can’t keep up with the trends, ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Reply
    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    January 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I am SOOOOO with you on hiding the veggies! For the longest time, I got away with sneaking zoodles in with the spaghettiโ€”and then my picky eater got wise to my trick. Luckily, he hasn’t figured out the cauliflower trick yet! This is a great way to lighten up one of my favorite naughty comfort foodsโ€”I mean, who doesn’t like mac and cheese! I would love it like this anyway: no subterfuge needed. But the picky one is another matter…I can’t wait to try this out on him!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 4, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      LOL, they get smart rather quickly, don’t they? Good luck hiding veggies, Michelle and thanks for stopping in!. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Reply
    Jann Olson
    January 3, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve never thought to add cauliflower to mac n cheese, but I bet it’s yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 4, 2018 at 8:57 am

      It really is yummy, Jann! Thanks for stopping in!

  4. Reply
    Lisa
    January 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I too make a lot of mac & cheese because my kids’ love it. But I am always concerned about it not being the healthiest of entrees. I have pinned this and will definitely give it a try.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Lisa! It’s hard pleasing the picky eaters as they generally dislike healthy foods. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Reply
    Mother of 3
    December 31, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    This sounds yummy! I have snuck cauliflower into our Alfredo sauce, zucchini in a chocolate cake, and pureed carrots into tomato sauce. I have one boy that is quite picky when it comes to anything with vegetables. Pinning this.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Pureed carrots in tomato sauce is a brilliant idea! I might even try it for myself as I’m not a carrot fan (unless it’s in a cake, lol). Thanks for sharing and happy 2018!

  6. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    December 31, 2017 at 7:32 am

    That does sound like the best cauliflower mac and cheese! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 2, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Thank you, Helen! It’s very well hidden and yummy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Reply
    Donella
    January 20, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Added this to my Yummly recipe box. I’m always looking for ways to sneak in veggies with the kiddo’s favorite meals and sides.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 20, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Sneaky, sneaky, lol! Thanks for stopping in Donella. Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

  11. Reply
    Pili
    January 18, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I usually disguise cauliflower in the meals too, it’s not a popular veggie around here. Thanks for another opportunity to make more healthy meals, pinning!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 18, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Lol, you can’t even taste it in this dish. You can chop it really small so to hide it better! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Reply
    Rose
    January 14, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I loooove cauliflower. I can’t wait to try this recipe out. I may have to make it for my niece and nephew as well

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 14, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Me too, Rose! I put it in everything, lol! Bet your niece and nephew won’t notice ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Reply
    Leanna
    January 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    This is a wonderful simple idea. It would lower the carb and calorie count per serving as well as adding vitamins.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 14, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Most definitely, Leanna! Thank you for stopping in, hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  14. Reply
    Amy
    January 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I love Cauliflower and this looks like a fantastic way to use it in a dish that is a little different. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing at Sugar and Spice Link Party.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      In that case, you will love this dish, Amy! Thanks for stopping in. Hope your weekend is full of blessings!

  15. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    January 11, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I like the idea of combining the cauliflower with pasta rather than replacing it. Sounds good!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Hi, Helen. Baby steps… ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Reply
    Michelle
    January 9, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Sounds delicious!
    Thanks for the recipe!
    Michelle

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 9, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      Hi, Michelle. Thank you and thanks for stopping in!

  17. Reply
    Rachel
    January 9, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I’m a huge fan of cauliflower, and I love mac n cheese. Will definitely make this recipe!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Me too! Love it in any shape or form, lol. Let me know how it turns out for you :)

  18. Reply
    Carol, The Red Painted Cottage
    January 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    What a great way to get kids to eat their veggies, as well as some adults! Love it!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Hi, Carol. Thank you, we need to be tricked sometimes too, don’t we? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Sometimes we cooks have to be a little sneaky to get our families to eat a healthier. Like you idea of adding the cauliflower, I know I would enjoy your dish very much.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you so much, Karen! The healthier you want it to be, the harder it gets. But, one dish at a time and we’ll get there, right?

  20. Reply
    Bam's Kitchen
    January 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    You are a very sneaky grandma,,,hiding veggies in the mac and cheese… Love the little crunchy topping too. Wishing you a super 2017!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 8, 2017 at 8:58 am

      He, he….what can I say? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, Bobbi, and all the best in 2017 to you and your family!

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