Chili Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Chili Cauliflower Mac and CheeseChili Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Big mac and cheese girl right here! Especially in the colder months when all I want to eat are things that are warm and cozy. I make this cauliflower sauce ALL the time! It’s a perfect creamy sauce that gives you all the feels, while being much healthier!

Spiced this bad boy up a bit by making a chili version and adding some toasted walnut crispies that I saw on Pinch of Yum! I used gluten free pasta (by Jovial Foods) to make this whole dinner gluten and dairy free! 

I kept some of the cauliflower sauce separate (without adding chili powder), to make a separate bowl of this mac and cheese for Luca. He loves it!


Chili Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Chili Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
  1. 1 box of pasta
  2. 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
  3. 1/4 cup olive oil
  4. almond milk (or any other form of milk)
  5. sea salt
  6. pepper
  7. 2 cloves garlic
  8. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (to taste)
  10. 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  11. 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese (*optional)
  12. 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
  1. place the cauliflower and garlic in a pot with about 1 inch of water. cover and steam over medium heat until very tender.
  2. while the cauliflower is steaming, bring another pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta.
  3. remove the cauliflower and garlic from the heat and drain out any remaining water.
  4. add the cauliflower, garlic cloves, and oil to a food processor and process until smooth.
  5. once the cauliflower is smooth, add the onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, optional parmesan and a few dashes of sea salt and pepper. start with adding 1/2 cup of almond milk and puree. continue to add almond milk by 1/4 cup if needed until a creamy sauce is formed. taste test for more salt and pepper needed.
  6. drain pasta and add it back to the pot (removed from heat).
  7. mix in the cauliflower sauce.
  8. toast the walnuts at 375F for about 6-7 minutes and add to the top of the pasta.
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