Cauliflower Alfredo Mac 'n' Cheese

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Cauliflower Alfredo Mac 'n' Cheese

Here's a lower fat version of the all-time favourite comfort foods. No compromising on taste here. It's darn delicious!!

Be prepared to be stunned at how good this dish really is.  Here's what you need:

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets (about 4 cups worth)
  • 1 cup of milk (your choice)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil (I like to use either avocado oil or a combination of avocado and coconut oil)
  • 2 large shallots or you can use 1 regular onion
  • 1 1/2 cups of either vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1/2 of a large container of ricotta cheese (or just use a small container)
  • 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • Your choice of pasta

Now here's what you need to do:

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cauliflower, milk, salt and pepper.  Bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat, reducing heat to medium-low, and gently cook until cauliflower is tender, about 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  2. Transfer the cauliflower and milk mixture to a blender. Work in batches if you have to.  Add butter and puree until the mixture has a smooth consistency.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add your choice of pasta. I like to use organic brown rice pasta or even quinoa pasta to change things up.
  4. While your pasta is cooking, saute your shallots (or onion) and add some salt. Stir until they are tender.  Add the cauliflower/milk puree along with the vegetable broth (or chicken broth).
  5. Stir in the ricotta cheese and 1/2 cup of Parmesan.  Add the dash of nutmeg, then add the pasta into the sauce. If you find the mixture a bit too thick, simply add more vegetable broth.
  6. Preheat the broiler and then in a small bowl combine, panko, parsley, basil and salt as well as the remaining Parmesan cheese. Add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  7. Pour the pasta mixture in a greased casserole dish and sprinkle the panko over the top. Broil for just a couple of minutes until the dish reaches a golden brown.

ENJOY!! Let us know if you've tried this recipe.  Don't be shy about offering up some alternative options for us to try too.