Healthy Creamy Mac and Cheese

Blended cauliflower and nutritional yeast make the cheese sauce in this creamy mac and cheese recipe extra hearty for a warm and comforting meal.

Preparation time

  • Prep 15 m
  • Cook 45 m
  • Ready In 1 h

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

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 9×13-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.

Source: allrecipes.com

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