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  1. Creamy Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower and Bacon

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower and Bacon

00:55:00 8 servings, 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) each
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8 servings, 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) each

Looking for a delicious mac and cheese recipe with a twist? Try our Creamy Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower and Bacon. This creamy, cheesy mac and cheese features plenty of aged cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and crisp bacon bits - plus the goodness of cauliflower! This recipe provides a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your diet while still delivering a family favourite. No one will even realize there is a serving of vegetables in every tasty portion.

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  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook macaroni in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding cauliflower to the boiling water for the last 4 min.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in separate large saucepan on medium heat. Add flour; cook and stir 2 min. or until hot and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until mixture comes to boil and thickens. Stir in mustard. Add cheddar, and 1/4 cup each Parmesan and bacon; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until cheddar is melted.
  • Drain macaroni mixture. Add to cheese sauce; mix lightly.
  • Spoon mac and cheese into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining bacon and Parmesan. Cover.
  • Bake 30 min. or until heated through, uncovering for the last 10 min.

Make Ahead

This easy-to-make mac and cheese can be mixed together ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 24 hours before baking as directed, increasing the baking time if needed until casserole is heated through.

Special Extra

For added colour, sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley before serving.


  • 8 servings, 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) each
Calories 580
% Daily Value
Total fat 29g
Saturated fat 18g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 710mg
Carbohydrate 52g
Dietary fibre 4g
Sugars 8g
Protein 28g
Vitamin A 10 %DV
Vitamin C 50 %DV
Calcium 15 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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