BEST ever creamy and simply delicious homemade Mac and Cheese casserole! Perfect for lunch or dinner any day of the week!
What’s good about this recipe is that it has hidden vegetables mixed in with tender pasta smothered in three different types of cheese. Both kids and adults will love this! Ricotta, cheddar and parmesan cheese combined with buttery sauteed cauliflower and baked with crispy golden panko. The panko is pre-soaked in thyme infused olive oil to accentuate the thyme aroma when baked. It smells and taste so good!
This homemade casserole recipe was created by a friend who is an amazing chef in Portland. She made this once for a potluck gathering and it was gone within minutes!
Try this easy casserole recipe as a side dish or main dish with a salad!
|Cauliflower, Mac and Cheese Casserole|| |
- 4 oz of dried pasta
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
- Half cauliflower head or approx 9 oz, washed and cut into bite size florets
- 1 tablespoons of olive oil
- Fresh thyme leaves
- Half cup of Panko
- Quarter cup of parmesan cheese
- Pinch of salt
- 8 oz ricotta cheese
- ½ cup of cheddar cheese
- Half cup of cream
- 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Cook pasta according to instructions on package. Slightly under cook the pasta by 1 minute (so it doesn’t get too soft in the oven), drain and rinse well.
- In a skillet, melt butter at medium heat.
- Add cauliflower and a pinch of salt and saute until golden brown.
- In a sandwich bag, add 1 tablespoons of olive oil, pinch of salt and some thyme leaves and seal the bag. Holding the bag, use fingers to press and rub the leaves into the oil to infuse it. Add the panko and parmesan cheese into the bag and shake until ingredients are well mixed.
- In a bowl, add ricotta, cheddar, cream, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and mix it well.
- Add the cooked pasta and the sauteed cauliflower into the bowl with the sauce and mix.
- Pour mixture into lightly greased baking dish and cover with topping.
- Bake at 400F for 25 mins.