Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese Casserole

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

Kosher salt, as needed, plus 1/2 teaspoon

1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets

Vegetable oil spray

1 cup heavy cream

2 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar, plus 1/2 cup for topping the casserole

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

Special equipment:
8 by 8-inch baking dish
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with salt.
  2. Spray the baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  3. Cook the cauliflower in the boiling water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and pat between several layers of paper towels to dry. Transfer the cauliflower to the baking dish and set aside.
  4. Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, and whisk in the cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese, salt, pepper and garlic and whisk just until the cheese melts, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, pour over the cauliflower, and stir to combine. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake until browned and bubbly hot, about 15 minutes. Serve.
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