Baked Ziti With Cauliflower and Gruyere

Recipe by ratherbeswimmin
READY IN: 1hr 5mins




  • In a small frying pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
  • Add the bread crumbs and stir and toss to coat evenly; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, melt the remaining butter over low heat.
  • Add the flour and cook, whisking, until a smooth paste forms, about 4 minutes.
  • Slowly whisk in the hot milk and cook, stirring often, until the sauce is smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grindings of pepper.
  • Add the gruyere cheese and stir until melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the parmesan, remove from the heat, and cover to keep warm.
  • Preheat the broiler; position a rack 8 inches from the heat source.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil.
  • Add the pasta and cauliflower and stir well.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, according to package directions.
  • Drain the pasta and cauliflower and return to the pot.
  • Add the cheese sauce and toss to coat evenly.
  • Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to a baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with buttered bread crumbs.
  • Broil until the surface is bubbling and golden, about 5 minutes, then serve.