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Cauliflower Mac N' Cheese

Say cheese! And Chardonnay! This Mac & Cheese recipe is the perfect comfort food.

Featuring: Chardonnay

Ingredients

  • 3 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz. bacon, cut in 1/2 inch pieces or smaller
  • 1 1/2 lb. cauliflower, cut into 1/2-inch florets
  • 3 to 6 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. Barefoot California Chardonnay
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded fontina cheese
  • 3 cups shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 lb. elbow pasta, cooked until al dente (you can also use shells!)

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, melted butter, parsley, 1 tsp. of the salt and 1/2 tsp. of the black pepper.
  2. Cook bacon over medium heat, until crispy. Transfer to a small bowl and reserve the fat in the pan. Add the cauliflower to the pan, stirring occasionally, until tender and caramelized, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl. Wash out the pan
  3. In the same pan over medium heat, melt the remaining 3 Tbs. butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the Chardonnay and milk and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the cheeses, the remaining 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, cayenne, nutmeg and 1/2 and 1/2 and stir until melted. Stir in the pasta, bacon and cauliflower. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the oven to broil and cook until the bread crumbs are crispy and brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Serves 10 to 12. Serve with Barefoot Chardonnay!

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