Baked Shells and Broccoli With Ham and Cheesy-Creamy Cauliflower

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

One visible veggie and one in the sauce....lots of nutrition in something that everyone will want to eat. Good for dinner, breakfast or lunch.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cauliflower, garlic, shallots, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook until softened but not brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with flour; stir to coat well.
  2. Gradually stir in milk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; gently simmer until cauliflower is very soft, about 15 minutes.
  3. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer all to a blender, and puree with nutmeg and half the pecorino until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until slightly tender but not fully cooked, about 5 minutes. Drain well; return to pot.
  6. Add ham, broccoli, and cauliflower sauce; toss to combine.
  7. Transfer to a ovenproof 3 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining pecorino, and bake until bubbling in center, about 30 minutes.
  8. Heat broiler, and broil until golden brown on top, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  9. Divide among dishes, top with breadcrumbs, and serve immediately.