Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, June 1, 2016

Aired June 1, 2016

Serves 6

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1 pound whole wheat or semolina penne rigate 
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 onion, chopped
1 head cauliflower, cored and greens trimmed
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup half-and-half
12 ounces (3/4 pound) extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
1 rounded teaspoon dry mustard
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons minced chives
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley


Bring a pot of water to a boil for the macaroni. Salt it liberally and cook pasta to just shy of al dente—about 7 minutes for whole wheat, about 6 for white pasta.
Place stock, garlic and onion in a Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Add whole head of cauliflower, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until the cauliflower is very tender. Remove to a plate and strain the stock.
In a deep skillet or large saucepot, melt butter over medium to medium-high heat. Whisk in flour, cook for a minute then stream in stock. Bring to a boil, add half-and-half and let sauce thicken; stir in cheddar cheese. Season sauce with mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Preheat broiler to high and place a rack in the center.
Separate cauliflower into small florets and toss with sauce and pasta,. Place in a baking dish and top with Parm. Place in oven and broil to brown, about 3-5 minutes. Garnish with chives and parsley, and serve.