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Spicy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main
Servings: 6 to 8
Author: Hip Foodie Mom


For the roasted cauliflower:

  • Half head cauliflower diced fine (at least 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt

For the mac and cheese:

  • ½ lb. shell pasta
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard seed
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream or 2 cups of milk
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups Wisconsin cheddar cheese freshly grated, split
  • 1 cup Wisconsin fontina cheese freshly grated
  • 1 cup Wisconsin butterkase cheese freshly grated
  • 1 heaping cup sautéed leeks white and tender green parts only


For the roasted cauliflower:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Using a parchment lined baking sheet, arrange the cauliflower on top in a single layer. Drizzle lightly with the olive oil and, using a small bowl, mix together the paprika, chipotle chili pepper powder, garlic powder and salt.
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