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Roasted Cauliflower Shells and Cheese

Roasted cauliflower shells and cheese – a healthier pasta recipe the whole family will love!

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Have you ever taken a bite of something and it was so good you closed your eyes to savor the flavor without even realizing it?

Roasted cauliflower shells and cheese - this was AMAZING. I could eat this every night! #vegetarian #pasta #cauliflower #shellsandcheese #vegetarian #dinner

That was me with this roasted cauliflower shells and cheese recipe.

I closed my eyes no less than 5 times while eating a bowl of this pasta because it was so jaw droppingly delicious.

Does that make me weird? Y’all I DON’T EVEN CARE.

 

roasted cauliflower mac and cheese - this was amazing! #cauliflower #dinner #meatless

After my easy mac and peas and my broccoli shells and cheese, I’m convinced that there isn’t a vegetables that doesn’t taste incredible mixed in mac and cheese.

If that’s the case, I vote we all pledge to eat more mac and cheese! We deserve it.

roasted cauliflower mac and cheese - this was amazing! #cauliflower #dinner #meatless

 

I’ve always liked cauliflower, but I wouldn’t consider it to be a top 3 favorite vegetable of mine.

Well, that’s changed after this recipe.

roasted cauliflower mac and cheese - this was amazing! #cauliflower #dinner #meatless

I literally looked at Robbie and told him I wished I hadn’t planned a full week of dinners because I just wanted to eat this every single night.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so sad to finish off leftovers!

roasted cauliflower mac and cheese - this was amazing! #cauliflower #dinner #meatless

 

For the cheese sauce, I use my favorite fool proof method that requires no “roux” aka flour + butter + a lot of babysitting.

Ever since making my 5 minute nacho cheese sauce and my easy cheddar cheese sauce for vegetables, I have used this method over and over.

It’s almost too easy to make a delicious cheese sauce without any work. I don’t think I’ll ever go back!

 

The roasted cauliflower gets some blackened edges and tons of flavor from the roasting.

The whole wheat shells are the perfect texture to compliment the cheese and cauliflower.

roasted cauliflower mac and cheese - this was amazing! #cauliflower #dinner #meatless

Once you’ve made your shells and your cheese sauce, it’s time to mix it all together!

Roasted cauliflower shells and cheese - this was AMAZING. I could eat this every night! #vegetarian #pasta #cauliflower #shellsandcheese #vegetarian #dinner

Guys, I just can’t even with this. I hate to play favorites, but this is BY FAR my favorite way to eat mac and cheese right now.

Whole wheat shells coated in parmesan mozzarella cheese sauce with crispy cauliflower roasted to perfection. The best new comfort food is here.

I wish you could dive into the screen and taste a bite for yourself.

Can’t wait for you to try this recipe!

Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Yield: 5 servings

Roasted Cauliflower Shells and Cheese

roasted cauliflower mac and cheese - this was amazing! #cauliflower #dinner #meatless

Incredible 30 minute roasted cauliflower shells and cheese. This has SO much flavor you won't want to stop eating!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound whole wheat shell pasta (around 3 cups worth of dry pasta)
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • olive oil, to drizzle
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Chop cauliflower into florets and place on a baking sheet
  3. Drizzle with olive oil (I used less than 1/4 cup worth)
  4. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, and use hands to toss and combine
  5. Roast cauliflower for 20 - 30 minutes, checking 2-3 times to flip/stir, until slightly blackened on the edges
  6. While cauliflower is roasting, cook pasta according to package instructions (I did not salt my pasta water)
  7. In a large sauce pan, add mozzarella, parmesan, milk, and cornstarch 
  8. Heat to medium and stir for 5 - 10 minutes, until it forms a thick cheese sauce
  9. Once sauce is done, add in cooked pasta and roasted cauliflower and stir to combine
  10. Salt and pepper to taste if necessary (I did not add any additional to mine)
  11. Serve immediately

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 819mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 9gSugar: 6gProtein: 25g

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Sandra Lock

Tuesday 1st of January 2019

DECIDED TO TRY VEGETARIAN AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK FOR THE NEW YEAR. MY TEEN DAUGHTERS ARE EXCITED TO TRY THIS ONE

Joy Shull

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Hope you enjoy the recipe!

J

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

LOVED this recipe! I've already made it 3 times!

jen

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Did anyone else have trouble with the mozarella turning stringy and rubbery and clumping in giant pieces with the cauliflower, leaving little cheese on the noodles? So disappointed!

Laura Frazee

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Having the same problem as we speak! Looks like spider webs all over the pasta. Essentially pasta that I tossed some cheese on and allowed to melt. Attempting to salvage it with not much luck. Upset because it looks so yummy in the pics!! Mine is a global of cheese