Cheesy Chipotle-Cauliflower Mac

Cheesy Chipotle-Cauliflower Mac

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine, Fall 2018

You'll barely notice the cauliflower in this comforting skillet pasta—it's pureed and mixed into the creamy cheese sauce.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli or rotini pasta
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, minced, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about ½ cup)
  • Ground pepper (optional)
  • Paprika (optional)


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  1. Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, add water to just below the basket and bring to a boil. Add cauliflower to the basket; cover, reduce heat to medium and steam until very tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta for 2 minutes less than the package directions. Drain the pasta and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor or blender. Add milk, chipotle and adobo sauce; puree until smooth.
  4. Dry the large saucepan. Add oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened and transparent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add spinach and cook until lightly wilted, 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, carefully add the cauliflower mixture and stir to combine. Stir in salt and mustard. Gradually whisk in Cheddar and mozzarella just until smooth, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour the sauce over the pasta and gently stir to combine. Garnish with pepper and paprika, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups
  • Per serving: 447 calories; 15 g fat(6 g sat); 8 g fiber; 57 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 139 mcg folate; 32 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,161 IU vitamin A; 40 mg vitamin C; 470 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 601 mg sodium; 653 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (67% daily value), Vitamin A (63% dv), Calcium (47% dv), Folate (35% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4

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