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Creamy & Healthy Hidden Veggie Cauliflower Mac & Cheese / Running in a Skirt

Creamy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Julie Wunder
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese is healthier, but still super creamy! Uses an entire head of hidden veggie cauliflower puree.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine American


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut in florets
  • 16 ounces whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 cup 2 % milk
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste!
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste!
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Steam the cauliflower in a steam basket until very tender.
  • While the cauliflower is steaming cook the pasta in a large pot with salted water 1 minute less than the box instructions. It will be just slightly al dente and will continue to cook in the oven. Drain and set aside.
  • Using a blender or food processor, mix the cauliflower and milk until it's a smooth puree. Make sure there are no clumps.
  • Put the cauliflower puree back in your large pot. Heat to medium low heat. Start adding the cheese one handful at a time and stir until it melts. Also add the garlic powder, mustard powder, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Once the cheese is all melted, add the macaroni back into the pot. Stir until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings / salt/pepper to taste. Pour the entire mixture into a casserole dish.
  • In a small bowl mix the panko, parmesan and olive oil together. Evenly spread the bread crumb mixture on top of the casserole.
  • Bake in oven 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
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