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:
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.