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I don’t know about you, but this time of year just calls for GREAT Macaroni and Cheese! There is just something amazing about nice pot of mac & cheese when it’s cold outside… Pure American comfort food.
Over the years I have played around with all kinds of additions to my mac & cheese… You know that mac & cheese is basically a blank canvas that is dying to be dressed-up a bit.
I’ve added everything from ham, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, peas, broccoli, garlic, onions, the list goes on and on. The folks at Horizon® Organic Mac & Cheese have put together a great Mac & Cheese Pinterest Board… It’s a board that helps you discover all kinds of scrumptious mac & cheese recipes.
One that my family has fallen head-over-heels for is Roasted Cauliflower Bacon Mac and Cheese.
Have you every tried roasted cauliflower? It’s like CANDY! Well, it’s not sweet like candy, but my family devours it like it was laced with sugar. I have to roast two heads of cauliflower at a time, one for my recipe and the other for the family to snack on like popcorn.
I decided to throw some roasted cauliflower along with bacon and caramelized onion into our Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar pot. The family loved it, even my little guy who is NOT a veggie lover ate it with gusto.
It’s super simple to make, here is what you’ll need…
Roasted Cauliflower Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe
This recipe will easily feed a family of six.
1 head of Cauliflower
salt & pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb thick cut bacon
1 large sweet Vidalia Onion
7 tablespoons butter (1 tablespoon to caramelize the onion and the remaining for the pasta)
3 boxes of Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
Pre-heat oven to 400˚
Clean & cut cauliflower into bite size pieces. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Place in a 400˚ oven for 20 minutes or until they start to lightly brown on the edges.
I like to make roast mine in my cast iron skillet.
Next, cut bacon into small pieces and render the fat while browning the bacon.
Remove bacon from pan once fully cooked, place on a paper towel.
Remove bacon fat from pan as well. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the same pan and add sliced onions.
The onions will become coated with the butter and bacon bits. Slowly cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. No need to add salt & pepper. The onions will be seasoned by the bacon left over in the pan.
In a large pot, prepare your Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese according to package directions. When you are adding the butter and milk, also add 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard.
Add your Cauliflower, bacon and onions. Mix well and serve immediately… Your family will thank you!
For more scrumptious Mac & Cheese recipes… You have to check-out the MAC-N-ATOR Pinterest Board from the folks at Horizon® Mac & Cheese!
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