Creamy Cauliflower Macaroni

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Today features another meal created from the Brinkley’s Cookbook!


With marathon training in full force, this chick is craving some pasta…and cauliflower!


Which means the creamy cauliflower macaroni is my new favorite meal!

I love to recreate the classic Mac & Cheese and this recipe does just that!


Creamy Cauliflower Macaroni was added to my cookbook by my dear friend Aileen.


Instead of using high-fat butter and cream, this healthier mac & cheese highlights pureed cauliflower, vegetable stock and a moderate amount of cheese.


Cooked cauliflower in a food processor with a little bit of cheese comes out super creamy! Yum!


It came out of the oven all warm and toasty!


This is pretty much mac & cheese perfection if you ask me!



2 1/2 vegetable stock

1 cauliflower, cut into large pieces

8 oz. whole-wheat elbow macaroni

1/2 cup sharp cheddar

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs


How To:

Heat oven to 400*.

Cook cauliflower in stock for 25 minutes. Put cauliflower and stock into food processor. Add sharp cheddar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Working in batches.

Boil a pot of salted water (for macaroni). Cook pasta in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse to cool – put pasta in greased baking dish.

Pour sauce over pasta, toss and spread evenly in dish. Top with Parmesan and bread crumbs. Bake 20 minutes and Enjoy!


What is your favorite way to recreate the classic Mac & Cheese?

Do you have a go-to recipe that you LOVE? Please share!


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  • Reply Emily G. August 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Holy deliciousness! I was planning to have Velveeta & Shells with dinner tonight, but I think I’ll have to try this way! If only I could cook the cauliflower without the boy seeing it!

  • Reply Megan @ Life As Megan Knows It August 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

    mmm that looks so good! I should defiantly try it!

  • Reply mary (sisters running the kitchen) August 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    wow this looks awesome!!! how does it compare to a typical mac and cheese recipe? I’d love to try this out

  • Reply Joy August 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Like the cauliflower addition. I’m vegan, so I do vegan versions. YumUniverse created one of my favorites so far:
    It’s also my non-veg husband’s favorite. When I want to make it “cheesier” (and have some on hand) I’ll stir in a little cheddar-style Daiya vegan cheese. And I feel less guilty when I eat half the batch if I use brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Sadly, I’ve done that even when not training for a marathon….

  • Reply Tara Loveless August 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I made something the other night and over estimated how many elbow noodles I needed, so I had a whole bowl sitting in the fridge I didn’t know what to do with. Perfect timing for this recipe. Mine is baking as we speak, I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply amanda August 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    that mac and cheese looks to die for!

  • Reply Patty O August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Definitely going to have to make this little number – I’m drooling right now!

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