Mac-n-Cheese is one of the great American food traditions dating all the way back to the beginning of our country's origins. It is said that Thomas Jefferson was the origin of this family favorite having brought back a pasta machine from a trip to Italy and his daughter Mary Randolph, in an attempt to recreate a favorite Italian dish, tossed fresh cooked macaroni with cheddar cheese.
Fast forward to today, where everything is processed and mediocre in quality, the best Mac-n-Cheese is still homemade. But who wants to go through all the hassle of making it from scratch? Well what if we help make it easy for you? What if we go one step further and make it not only amazing but offer a healthier alternative that even your kids will love?
This recipe is so amazing and should only take you about 15 minutes to put together from scratch. Here is what you'll need.
1 Head of Cauliflower
2 Cups of finely grated Mozzarella Cheese
1 Tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons of butter
1/4 Cup of whole milk
1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
Cut up cauliflower into small "Macaroni Sized" pieces. Wash and strain excess water. you will steam the cauliflower using your preferred method of steaming (quickest results are with the microwave). This will take 6-8 minutes or until the cauliflower is hot and tender but not mushy (you should be able to pass a fork through it with slight resistance). Set aside.
While the cauliflower is steaming, melt the butter in a large pot (Big enough to eventually hold both the cheese and the cauliflower). Add the grated Mozzarella cheese and milk, minced garlic, salt and pepper and stir until melted into a nice cheese sauce.
Fold cauliflower and Parmesan cheese into the cheese sauce and sever immediately.
Yes, it's really is that easy! For a little added flavor and garnish, you can sprinkle a bit of fresh chopped parsley and oregano over the top to finish. Whatever! Have some fun. If you don't want to try the healthier version, just substitute the cauliflower with an equivalent amount of cooked macaroni and go old-school! It's sooooo good.
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