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Cauliflower Mac ’n’ Cheese Bites

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This fun twist on a comfort-food favorite would be a welcome addition at any winter potluck. Even if you're not a huge cauliflower fan, you'll enjoy all the cheesy goodness in these bites. This healthier alternative to the classic comfort food is so delicious, your guests won't even miss the carbs!

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time:1 hour

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  1. 8 ounces macaroni

  2. 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

  3. 2 tablespoons butter

  4. 1 clove garlic

  5. 1⁄2 small onion, minced

  6. 2 tablespoons flour

  7. 1 cup milk

  8. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  9. 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook pasta as package directs. With slotted spoon, remove pasta to bowl. Add cauliflower to boiling water; cook 10 minutes. or until tender. Drain. Transfer half to food processor; purée.

In pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and onions; cook 5 minutes. Add flour; cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk; let simmer 2 minutes, stirring. Stir in cauliflower purée and cheeses. Remove from heat. Add pasta and remaining cauliflower; toss to coat.

Heat oven to 400 F. Divide mac ’n’ cheese evenly among 12 greased muffin-tin wells. Bake 15 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Per serving: 229 calories. 13 grams protein. 23 grams carbs. 2 grams fiber. 3 grams sugar. 30 milligrams cholesterol. 309 milligrams sodium. 10 grams total fat. 6g saturated fat. 0 grams trans fat.

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