Skip Nav
Grilling
You'll Never Buy Ground Beef Again Once You Learn This Hack
Cooking Basics
The 1 Thing I Learned in Italy That Changed the Way I Cook
Trader Joe's
Pick This Up, Not That: Trader Joe's New Foods

Michelle Obama Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Recipe

Dig Into Sasha and Malia Obama's Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

I was initially a little wary of this version because it didn't call for making a roux, which gives most mac and cheese recipes that creamy, hearty texture. In the first lady's recipe, you simply stir together cauliflower puree, milk, cheese, and pasta, and you're ready to go. While I love the fast and easy nature of her rendition, it missed a few of my favorite characteristics of homemade, from-scratch macaroni and cheese.

To ensure a crunchy crust, I sprinkled some buttered bread crumbs across the top and popped the dish in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. What resulted was a bubbling, crusty casserole that — despite the unmistakably delicious flavor of cauliflower — could pass for homestyle mac and cheese any day. Mrs. Obama says that this is Sasha and Malia's favorite, and I can certainly understand why!

Sasha and Malia Obama's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Sasha and Malia Obama's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Notes

Despite multiple steps (and my addition of a trip into the oven), this mac and cheese recipe is incredibly fast and easy to put together. Though the first lady's recipe doesn't specify a means to cook the cauliflower, I chose to steam the florets and use the steaming liquid in the puree to infuse more of that great flavor into the dish. A crunchy breadcrumb crust is another addition to the original.

Sasha and Malia Obama's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

1 pound penne pasta
1 cup 2-percent or skim milk
1 pound shredded cheddar cheese (or a mixture of your favorite melting cheeses)
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Bring salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente.
  3. Steam the cauliflower until soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender along with a few tablespoons of the steaming liquid. Puree the cauliflower, adding more steaming liquid to thin the puree if necessary.
  4. In a medium size casserole dish, combine the pasta and hot cauliflower puree. Add the milk, both cheeses, parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the butter and breadcrumbs with your fingers until it resembles damp sand. Sprinkle across the top of the pasta mixture, then place the dish in the oven for about 20 minutes until the top is crispy and the sauce is bubbling.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sara Yoo
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
flufftastic flufftastic 3 years
I used a whole head of cauliflower (half pureed, half roughly chopped), a cup of pasta, and chives; otherwise, I followed your version and thought it was wonderful!
Sara-Yoo Sara-Yoo 4 years
 @Michelle2736643 I've never tried that before, but it's a great (and delicious-sounding) idea!
Michelle2736643 Michelle2736643 4 years
This looks delicious. I love using cauliflower as an alternative to mashed potatoes.   
Perfect Recipes
Easy Chicken Breast Freezer Bags
Summer Zucchini and Squash Recipes
Fruity Pebbles No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe
America's Test Kitchen Burger Recipe
Michelle Obama's Christian Siriano DNC Dress 2016

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Food
X