Herbed White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

The secret ingredient in this stovetop mac and cheese is the cauliflower that's pureed in the cheese sauce. It thickens the cheese sauce without the butter-flour roux and adds fiber to the dish. Photo credit: Nicole Morrissey from Prevention RD.

Serves: 10
15 mins Prep time 20 mins Cook time
15 mins Prep time
20 mins Cook time
  • Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package for al dente pasta. Drain well and return to saucepan. Keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, mix milk and flour in medium saucepan with wire whisk. Bring to simmer on medium-low heat, whisking constantly. Add cauliflower florets; cook 12 to 15 minutes or until fork-tender, stirring occasionally.

  • With center part of cover removed to let steam escape, puree mixture in batches in blender on high speed until smooth. Return pureed mixture to saucepan. (Or puree mixture in saucepan with an immersion blender.) Stir in remaining ingredients; whisk until smooth.

  • Pour cheese mixture over hot cooked macaroni; mix well. Let stand 2 minutes before serving.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 332Calories: 332Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Sodium: 355mgProtein: 22g
  • Total Fat: 8gFiber: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 43g