Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

Creamy Cauliflower Pasta / Busy Mom's Helper
Adapted from Our Best Bites

Okay, so one of my (cough *many* cough) flaws as a mom is that I struggle getting enough veggies into my family’s diet. Fruits….well, my kids would live on fruits if I let them! But veggies are just hit and miss. I know some people frown upon ‘sneaking’ things into meals, but I’m one of those ‘hey, if it works, great’ type moms with this. One of the ways I get some veggies into their favorite meals is mashing steamed cauliflower into their mashed potatoes. Another one is adding it into some sauces, including this delicious Creamy Cauliflower Pasta. It’s seriously a winner with my family!

Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

Ingredients
1 tsp. Olive Oil
3 cups Cauliflower, chopped
3 medium Shallots, chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste
4 tsp. Flour
4 cups Milk
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg, ground
2 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 lb. Pasta Shells
1 cup Ham, sliced, smoked, chopped
4 cups Broccoli, cut
1/2 cup Bread crumbs

Directions
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the cauliflower, garlic, shallots, and a bit of salt. Cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir frequently so garlic doesn’t overcook.

Add flour to the saucepan and toss to coat well. Stir in the milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is very soft, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then pour into a blender, adding the nutmeg and half the Parmesan cheese. Blend until smooth.

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the pasta and broccoli. Cook until just slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, then return pasta and broccoli to the pot. Add the ham and cauliflower sauce, tossing to combine.

Put into a 3 1/2 quart sprayed baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and bake until center is bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Top with breadcrumbs and serve. Enjoy!!!

Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

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16 Responses to “Creamy Cauliflower Pasta”

  • Looks yummy! I bet I could even sneak this to my girls 🙂 Thanks for sharing this week!

    • I know, right?! I know some people say ‘you shouldn’t try to sneak vegetables into your kids’ foods’ – but I figure its’ the best way for them to be healthy, so yep! 😀 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend Ruth!

  • This looks delicious!!! Thank you for linking up at our Simply Create Link Party!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

    • Thanks a bunch, Melissa! By the way – that blood orange creme brulee looks AMAZING, going to have to give it a try!!!

  • Must try this one too! Thanks so much for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place again this week!!

    Sue @ Thet2women.com

    • Thanks a bunch, Jessica! Were you able to give it a try? Sorry it’s taken me this long – our vacation lasted a bit TOO long, and it’s hard getting back to reality ;D Can’t wait to get back to Thrifty Thursdays!!!

  • Mmmmm….that looks mouth-watering delicious!
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link Party!
    Hope your week is extraordinary!

    • You’re so sweet, Diane, thank you! My whole summer has been extraordinary, thank you. How has yours been? Anything super exciting?

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