Mac and Cheese

by Collette White | June 26, 2017

Good Morning friends! On Sunday night I had a Roast out to cook but it wasn’t defrosted so I needed to throw something else together with the ‘not much’ I had in my cupboard and pantry until my groceries came the next day. ‘Mac and Cheese’ it was. I have made it a few times but this time wanted to add some veg into it … the only thing I had was cauliflower and it worked a treat as Master 4 is going through a stage of complaining about certain vegetables – cauliflower being one of them – and he ate his whole bowl with no complaints. His twin sister ate TWO bowl fulls then asked for a third! That is a winning dish in my eyes! I hope you love this simple yet tasty recipe as much as we do!

Ingredients

2 cups pasta of choice (I used rice and quinoa pasta)

3 cloves garlic – crushed

4 tblspns oil of choice (I used macadamia)

4 tblspns flour of choice (I used brown rice flour)

3 cups milk of choice (I used rice milk)

½ medium cauliflower (approx 500g) – roughly cut into small pieces (no bigger than the pasta)

¼ cup nutritional yeast

¼ bunch flat leaf parsley – roughly shredded

good pinch of salt

 

Method

In a large pot cook the pasta – if your pot is large enough, add the prepared cauliflower for the last 5 minutes of cooking. If your pot isn’t big enough then steam / boil cauliflower until cooked in a separate pot.

Once the pasta and cauliflower is cooked, drain well then put it all back into the large pot or a large serving bowl.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan place the garlic and oil and stir over a low heat for 1 minute. Add the flour to this garlic and oil mixture and stir for a further 30 seconds.

Add the milk and stir continuously, using a wooden spoon, over a medium – high heat until thickened (this can take 5-10 minutes approximately).

Remove ‘white sauce’ from the heat and stir through the nutritional yeast, parsley and salt.

Pour this ‘cheesy’ mixture over the pasta and cauliflower. Mix thoroughly and serve immediately.

Notes

I served with a little goats cheese on top

Don’t leave out the ‘nutritional yeast’ as this is the cheesy flavour!

Use a ‘tasteless oil’ of choice if you want it to be nut free and not use macadamia oil

You could add extra veg or some bacon to this dish too

Served 2 adults and 4 children

UPDATE: This is how I make the sauce in my Thermomix: Garlic and oil for 3 minutes speed 1, 100c. Then I add the flour for 30 seconds speed 2. Then I add the milk speed 4, 90c, 7 minutes.

Wishing you a truly wonderful week ahead! I look forward to connecting with you more again soon.
Take Care of You,