Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Less fat AND less calories. Except taste and flavor is not compromised AT ALL! So cheesy, comforting and irresistible!

Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese - Less fat AND less calories. Except taste and flavor is not compromised AT ALL! So cheesy, comforting and irresistible!

 You know that saying, “Have your cake and eat it too?”

Well.

That’s what’s happening here.

You can have your cake.

With less fat.

And less calories.

With veggies sneaked in.

That you probably won’t even notice.

Because you’ll be too distracted by all that cheesy creaminess.

Don’t worry.

That’s completely normal.

Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Less fat AND less calories. Except taste and flavor is not compromised AT ALL! So cheesy, comforting and irresistible!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cavatappi pasta
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup half and half, or more, as needed
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Within the last 3 minutes of cooking time, add cauliflower; drain well.
  3. Melt butter in a 9-inch oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in half and half, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in cream cheese, Dijon and garlic powder until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more half and half as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Stir in pasta and cauliflower; gently toss to combine. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  6. Place into oven and bake until bubbly, about 12-15 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with chives, if desired.