Cauliflower & Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

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
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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
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6 servings
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 minced garlic (about 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
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Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. In the same pot used for the pasta, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the jalapeno and garlic until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Toss in the pasta and cauliflower and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide among 6 bowls and top with additional Parmesan and jalapeno slices, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from the No Nonsense Nutritionist

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower & Jalapeno Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6g
Protein 16g 32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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