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Orange Cauliflower Mac n' Cheese

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I just bought one of these!According to Wiki, orange cauliflower contains 25 times the level of vitamin A as white varieties, so it may even help give them bionic vision.

Orange Cauliflower Mac n' Cheese
Makes 4 servings
Print recipe only here.

1 head orange cauliflower (white can be substituted)
1/2 pound small pasta such as gemelli, elbows, or shells
2 tablespoons Smart Balance butter substitute
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups skim milk, plus 1/2 cup for pureeing cauliflower
1 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese, plus 1/2 cup for sprinkling on top
a generous amount salt and several cranks of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fajita or Mexican spices, optional
1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Smart Balance butter substitute

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray.

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Trim cauliflower and break into small florets. Boil until tender, 10-15 minutes. Drain. Place in a blender or processor with 1/2 cup milk and puree until thick and smooth. Set aside.

Cook pasta according to directions until al dente.

For the sauce, melt 2 tablespoons Smart Balance in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk briskly. Gradually add 2 cups milk, whisking continuously, until it reaches a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes, or until thick and bubbly. Add the pureed cauliflower, 1 cup cheddar cheese, and a generous amount of salt and black pepper. Whisk until smooth and remove from heat. Add cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and toss until well coated. Pour into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheddar evenly over the top.

For the buttered breadcrumbs, melt 1 tablespoon Smart Balance butter substitute in a small skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and toss until coated with butter. Sprinkle even over the top of the cheddar. Or, if you prefer, set crumbs aside, and use as a garnish just before serving.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown on top and the cheese sauce is bubbling around the edges.

Great photos on this website!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/30/2014 12:01PM

    Love cauliflower steamed, roasted, or sautéed in coconut oil too. It's fun to buy them in purple as well as orange! The colors on the plate are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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2HAMSDIET 3/30/2014 12:11AM


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ELSCO55 3/29/2014 10:55PM

    Sounds yummy

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    Thanks, I've never bought an orange one before.

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ARTJAC 3/29/2014 8:35PM


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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/29/2014 5:32PM


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LIS193 3/29/2014 3:31PM

Good looking cauliflower!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/29/2014 1:14PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! HUGS

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JUSTYNA7 3/29/2014 12:39PM

    I would do so many subsititues, lol that I won't bother listing them... but the idea of cream sauce with cheese/past and cauliflower is really delicious sounding. Bionic vision, ha! emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/29/2014 12:39:53 PM

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MRSJERRYBUSH 3/29/2014 12:36PM

    Thank you for taking the time to share your great ideas!

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JITZUROE 3/29/2014 12:29PM

    Wow, never heard of that orange one. I have to have it !!!
Looks yummy

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NANCYPAT1 3/29/2014 11:14AM

    Interesting - it sounds yummy

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DRAGON-CHICK 3/29/2014 11:05AM

    Bionic vision! Yeah!!!!

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SANDRALEET 3/29/2014 10:54AM

    I would leave out the imitation butter and use half the real instead

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DONNABRIGHT 3/29/2014 10:51AM


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