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The Chew's Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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Category: Healthy Recipes, Cheese, Cauliflower

 Ingredients List

  • 1 pound Conchigliette Pasta (shells)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups shaved Cauliflower Florets
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Red Chili Flakes
  • 2 cups Gruyere Cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
  • 1/2 pound julienned Baked Ham Steak
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


1. Preheat the oven on broil. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Cook the pasta shells one minute short of the package directions, making sure they are al dente.

2. Heat a large pot over high heat. Add three tablespoons of olive oil and add cauliflower, tossing to coat. Season cauliflower with salt and pepper and cook for five to six minutes until the cauliflower begins to caramelize.

3. Add the butter to the pot. Whisk in the flour to create a roux. Make sure the flour has time to cook (a common mistake when making a roux) and season with salt and stir. When the paste has reached a golden color, whisk in milk. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and chili flakes. Stir in the gruyere cheese and half the Parmigiano-Reggiano, then the ham followed by the cooked pasta.

4. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Mix the breadcrumbs, remaining cheese, and chopped parsley and sprinkle over pasta. Broil two ”“ three minutes until the crust is golden brown.

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