Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

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Guest blogger du jour Sharon from Brisbane, Australia signing in with a recipe for Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese, from a popular TV show here called “Better Homes & Gardens”. This is a recipe presented as a good way to get children to eat some vegetables – but it is more than that – the cauliflower thickens and adds richness to the sauce. My daughters love it and if there is some left in the fridge, my son will demolish it after a night out as a pre dawn feast!

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Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

½ head cauliflower
12 oz macaroni
2 Tbs butter
1 onion, minced
2 Tbs flour
3 cups hot milk
salt & pepper
Dry mustard to taste
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp nutmeg
1 cup cheese
breadcrumbs

In salted water cook cauliflower until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and then add the pasta to same pot and cook until almost tender, drain.

Melt butter, add onion, salt, pepper mustard, cook until onion is soft then flour, cook. Add milk, cook until  smooth & thickened, then add oregano, nutmeg and cheese.

Add cauliflower to the cheese sauce, blend with a stick blender or food processor.

In a baking dish mix pasta, sauce and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

Bake 350°F for 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.

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