Healthy Creamy Mac and Cheese Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Healthy Creamy Mac and Cheese Recipe
  • READY IN 1 hr

Healthy Creamy Mac and Cheese

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"Cauliflower and nutritional yeast add protein and vitamins while blending the cauliflower, Greek yogurt, low-fat sharp Cheddar, and chicken stock create a creamy texture. The sharp Cheddar plus spices maintain a nice cheesy taste. It's better than you might think."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins
  • READY IN

    1 hr

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 25 minutes.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a 9x13-inch casserole dish.
  4. Blend cauliflower, yogurt, chicken broth, and olive oil in a blender until smooth; pour cauliflower mixture into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir Cheddar cheese, nutritional yeast, mustard powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg into cauliflower mixture; cook and stir until cheese sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni; toss to coat.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Mix Parmesan cheese and panko crumbs together in a bowl; sprinkle over macaroni. Bake until Parmesan cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 07, 2013

This was wonderful.I used a mixture of shredded cheese and then mixed the sauce up with my immersion blender. No need to heat it up as the heat from the cauliflower melted the shredded cheese. I used whole grain macaroni and popped this under the broiler to get top browned. I'll make this again

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 30, 2014

I would have rated it a 4, because once I added some garlic salt, it was great, but my wife would have rated it a 1 or 2, because she said she could taste the cauliflower, and hated it. So...I rated it in the middle :) I didn't put the yeast flakes, but left everything else as is.

 
May 06, 2014

Delicious! Did without mustard and made with gluten free pasta. Boyfriend who hates veggies had no idea there was cauliflower in it!

 
Sep 15, 2013

I love this idea. While I did make changes (added salsa, reduced pasta and cheese, used sour cream instead of yogurt, used water instead of chicken broth, left out the nutmeg, bread crumbs, oil and yeast flakes) due to my own personal tastes, the recipe is great as written as well.

 
Aug 10, 2014

I was skeptical when I had to blend the cauliflower, but it turned out perfectly proportioned and delicious. I also added chicken to the sauce for protein.

 
Mar 17, 2014

I was a little skeptical about this dish, especially since it was the first time using nutritional yeast. It was amazingly delicious and is now permanently in my routine recipe stash. I used a large clove of garlic, rather than the powder and italian bread crumbs since that's all I had. Switched out the reduced-fat for some sharp cheddar and asiago, plus added a yellow onion. Thanks for yummy gift!

 
Jan 23, 2014

I made some minor changes; light sour cream instead of Greek yogurt, no yeast flakes and no nutmeg. This recipe was easy and delish! I don't even like cauliflower and my daughter knew what was in it and ate it all up. Beats the heaviness of my tasty but cheese heavy Mac and cheese. Will definitely make it again and again!

 
Dec 18, 2013

This was great and no one could tell that there was cauliflower in it. Used some Mexican cheese and no yeast.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 335 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.8 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 18.3 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 284 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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