Cauliflower & Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel
Cauliflower & Jalapeno Mac and Cheese - lighten up this all-time favorite comfort food by using cauliflower as a part of your cheese sauce.
Cauliflower & Jalapeno Mac and Cheese - lighten up this all-time favorite comfort food by using cauliflower as a part of your cheese sauce.

Cauliflower & Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is given a more "adult" profile with creamy cauliflower and jalapeno for spicy kick.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 327 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 12-oz box whole grain rotini pasta
  • 1 head cauliflower chopped into bite sized pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic minced (1 clove)
  • 8 ounces Neufchatel cheese (reduced fat cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella
  • 1 cup milk
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, prepare pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add the cauliflower to the pot. Drain and set aside.
  • In the same pot used for the pasta, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saut√© the jalapeno and garlic until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the cheeses and a cup of milk. Stir continuously until all of the cheeses melt together. Add more milk, a tablespoon at a time if needed to make mixture creamier.
  • Toss in the pasta and cauliflower and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide among 6 bowls and top with additional Parmesan and jalapeno slices, if desired.

Notes

Adapted from the No Nonsense Nutritionist

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 16gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 286mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6g
Keyword cauliflower, jalapeno, macaroni
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Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

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We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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