1 1/2 c. pasta
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. cauliflower puree
1 1/2 c. shredded cheese
4 oz. cream cheese
salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
Okay, I'm one of the millions who saw this on Oprah and just had to try it. It went over okay with the kids; they weren't too keen on it mostly because I used spicy Mexican shredded cheese. Nobody said a peep about the cauliflower.
Steam the cauliflower or cook it in the microwave.
So on Oprah the little prep bowls of puree looked for all the world like soft-serve ice cream. Me, I used our blender...which is great for milkshakes, daquiris, hootenanie
, even Orange Julius
. My cauliflower puree looked more like tiny chopped up bits of cauliflower and not a smooth dollop of sneakiness. I advise using a food processor
or a mini chopper
or a stick blender
Cook pasta in plenty of boiling water, according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir flour in to the oil to make a thick paste or roux. Slowly add milk, stirring to prevent lumps. Cook 3-4 minutes.
Stir in cauliflower puree, cheese, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat until cheese melts, stirring until sauce is smooth. Stir cooked pasta into the cheese sauce. Serve immediately or make ahead and warm in the oven.