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Side Dishes

Cheddar-Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Since Parmesan has a strong flavor, it only takes a little to add cheesiness to this dish’s low-cal veggie-based sauce.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

20 min.

Total Time:

30 min.


  • 8 oz. (2 cups) whole-grain macaroni
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • ½ small onion, minced
  • 2 Tbs. butter-canola spread
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 cup low-fat (2%) milk
  • ¾ cup shredded low-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta as package directs. Drain; set aside. Meanwhile, in microwave-safe bowl, combine next 3 ingredients and 2 Tbs. water. Cover; microwave 8 min. Transfer to food processor; process until smooth.
  2. In saucepot over medium heat, melt butter spread. Add flour and mustard. Cook 1 min.; slowly whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; cook 1 min., stirring constantly. Add cauliflower puree. Let simmer 2 min. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until blended. Add pasta; toss to coat.

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