Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Adding in substitutes to your mac and cheese like riced cauliflower can offer the same flavor as pasta with better nutrition and less carbs. Try this recipe for baked cauliflower mac and cheese for a delicious twist on this a classic family favorite.

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  • 1 lb of your favorite macaroni
  • 4 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 8 oz low-fat cottage cheese
  • 8 oz plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower (about 2 cups), finely chopped or riced in food processor
  • 3-4 yellow summer squash, shredded
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
2. Cook the macaroni per the directions, under cooking it just slightly.
3. While the macaroni cooks, mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl, reserving 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
4. Drain the macaroni and add it to the bowl. Mix until well combined.
5. Pour the macaroni into a pre-greased 9x12 baking dish.
6. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheddar cheese over the top.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
8. Turn on the broiler and broil for 6-9 more minutes until the top turns brown and crispy. Enjoy!

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