Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Cauliflower and Ham

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

a 'healthier' alternative to the traditional mac and cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Blanch cauliflower for 5 minutes.
  2. Refresh under cold water; drain well.
  3. Cook pasta until al dente.
  4. Refresh under cold water; drain well.
  5. Cook onion in 1 tblsp butter over moderately-low heat until softened; stir in flour and cook 2 minutes.
  6. Whisk in milk, cream, Worcestershire Sauce, ketchup, mustard powder, cayenne pepper and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, stirring, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F and place rack in center of oven.
  8. Add 1 cup of Cheddar and all of the Parmesan, stirring, until completely melted.
  9. Stir in macaroni, cauliflower and ham and season.
  10. Mound into prepared baking dish and top with remaining Cheddar.
  11. Toss breadcrumbs with remaining 2 tsps butter (melted) and sprinkle over cheese.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes, or until topping is golden.
Most Helpful

We liked this very much. I too chose this recipe to use up leftover ham, and since we are trying to reduce with a low carb diet, I substituted all cauliflower instead of including the pasta. The cheese sauce, which had started out thick became watery when baked, probably because the cauliflower exuded more juice, where the pasta would not have, and I did not put bread crumbs on top, which would have also absorbed some of the liquid. The added spice ingredients give great flavour. Next time I will precook the cauliflower and drain it very well, or maybe even use roasted cauliflower to eliminate the extra liquid.

Sweet Baboo November 16, 2010

My hubby and I enjoyed this very much, and it was a great way to use up leftover ham and cauliflower- my boys (age 5, 7, 11) tried it but didn't like it..I'm always on the search for a recipe that goes over well for all the picky eaters in my family! I will keep this recipe on hand for future..

jan in Waterloo, ON February 18, 2004

I was disappointed in this recipe and thought it lacked flavor. When I fix it next time, I will add a dash of paprika and worcestershire sauce to the sauce.

Leyla July 22, 2003