Buffalo Cauliflower Mac + Cheese

Buffalo Cauliflower Mac + Cheese

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Buffalo Cauliflower:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s original hot sauce
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Mac + Cheese Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 tbs nutritional yeast
  • pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Pasta:

  • 16 oz whole wheat elbow macaroni

Directions:

Buffalo Cauliflower:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Arrange the cauliflower in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Toss with olive oil, garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  5. Transfer to a large bowl and add the hot sauce, vinegar, paprika, and bread crumbs.
  6. Stir well to coat and return to the baking sheet.  Arrange in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes more.

Mac + Cheese Sauce:

  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook for 5-10 minutes to bring out the flavor / until translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  4. Transfer the onions and garlic to a high powered blender.
  5. Add the cashews, vegetable stock, wine, nutritional yeast, nutmeg, & salt.
  6. Blend on high speed until smooth.
  7. Pour into a sauce pan, add in the cheese, mustard, and paprika, and heat the sauce.

Pasta / Bringing It All Together:

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook the pasta as directed.
  3. Drain and add back to the pot.
  4. Add the mac + cheese sauce to the pasta and cook for 1-2 minutes, on low heat, to heat through.
  5. Place the mac + cheese in bowls and top with the buffalo cauliflower.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy.

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