Cauliflower Pasta Bake with Brie and Fontina is like a combination of fancy mac & cheese with veggies! Two dishes at ones.

Cauliflower Pasta Bake with Brie and Fontina

Course: Casserole, Main Dish, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Edyta
Cauliflower Pasta Bake with Brie and Fontina is like a combination of fancy mac & cheese with veggies! Two dishes at ones.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower medium head, cut up into florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 8 oz pasta small shells
  • 1 cup Fontina cheese Italian, shredded
  • 1 cup Brie cheese rind removed, cubed
  • 3 cups milk 2%
  • 3 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon thyme fresh, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F;
  • Cut up the cauliflower, mix with olive oil, salt and pepper, and place on baking sheet;
  • Roast the cauliflower for 20 minutes;
  • Cook the pasta according to instructions, but 2 minutes less than al dente (it will continue to cook with the sauce);
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter, add flour and create a roux;
  • Add one cup of milk at the time to the saucepan and mix well until fully incorporated;
  • Once all the milk is added, then let it cook and thicken up for a few minutes;
  • Take off the heat, add shredded Fontina, cubed brie and mix well until the cheeses are melted;
  • Add nutmeg and salt & pepper (taste for seasoning);
  • In a bowl, combine the Panko with Pecorino and thyme;
  • Spray 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray;
  • Add cauliflower and pasta to the baking dish and gently mix together;
  • Pour the sauce over and mix it again, to make sure that sauce is evenly distributed;
  • Sprinkle the dish with the Panko/Pecorino mixture on top and place into the oven for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown;
  • Let it cool off slightly before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 1mg