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Healthy Mac un'Cheese

I add Nutritional Yeast which helps give it a cheesy, nutty flavor, along with some B vitamins.  I also sneak in cauliflower for bonus nutritional benefit, and I particularly love serving it with a side of stewed tomatoes.

Course Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 287 kcal
Author Andrew Wilder

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 100% Whole Wheat Pasta Shells or Elbows
  • 3/4 head cauliflower steamed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup water leftover from steaming cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta until it is al dente. While that’s cooking, steam 3/4 head of cauliflower until soft (about 10-15 minutes), saving the water in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Allow the cauliflower to cool a bit, then add all the ingredients, except the pasta, to a blender and purée until smooth, making a very thin sauce. Layer the pasta and sauce together in a deep baking dish, stirring gently to be sure the pasta is completely covered.
  3. Bake, covered, at 375F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  4. To check for doneness, and that the egg is cooked thoroughly, make sure it has firmed up in the center — if it’s still liquid, put it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.