Recipe by likethebird
There is an amazing website here in Richmond, VA called Black Sheep (MUST GO IF YOU'RE LOCAL!). They currently have seasonal side dish that inspired this copy-cat recipe for my family's Christmas dinner - with no baking necessary. I have pretty exotic taste buds, but my two brothers and father have a diet that consist of tacos, hot wings, pizza, burgers and steak - NO VEGGIES. This is a gourmet and delicious way to sneak them into a meal that usually consists only of meat and potatoes ...
Top Review by Dominick & Amanda
We've made this twice now and both times it came out a little bit different. This past time we made it we used a whole onion which complimented the dish well. We also use almond milk instead of regular milk and half & half. We omit the American cheese and use colby jack. We also use a whole box of pasta (which works out just fine). This dish is very tasty and is a nice change from traditional mac & cheese.
- 1⁄4 sweet white onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1⁄4 cup butter (cut into smaller pieces)
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄4 tablespoon salt
- 1⁄8 tablespoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 2 cups 1% low-fat milk (can use other types of milk, this is just what I used)
- 2 tablespoons half-and-half
- 16 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (or grated)
- 6 slices white American cheese, chopped into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
- 12 ounces pasta (medium sized pasta shells recommended - 3/4 of the box)
Directions See How It's Made
- Steam cauliflower florets until cooked thoroughly but still slightly firm (about 6 minutes). Set aside.
- Boil pasta until al dente; drain. Mix with cauliflower in a large serving bowl.
- In a medium sauce pan, cook diced onion in olive oil over medium high heat until translucent (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add pieces of butter and stir until melted.
- Add flour, salt and pepper to butter and onions; stir and mix thoroughly for about one minute (You can add more butter if the mixture is too "sticky").
- Add milk and half and half to the sauce pan; bring sauce to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce begins to thicken (4-6 minutes).
- Remove sauce from heat. Add white cheddar and American cheeses and stir to melt. Once melted, add parmesan cheese and fresh dill and stir to combine.
- Pour cheese sauce over pasta and cauliflower and toss to coat.
- Enjoy :).