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Skinny Cauliflower Pasta Bake: light pasta recipe that’s filled with creamy cauliflower sauce and seasoned-crunchy topping. Also, popularly known as cauliflower mac and cheese.
Makes a great next day office lunch too.
There is nothing like pasta for a weeknight meal and this Cauliflower Pasta Bake recipe is what we have been obsessed with!!!
It has the same creamy, luscious or ooey-gooey taste minus the calorie bombs such cheesy dishes can be.So in other words, you can eat this Skinny Cauliflower Pasta Bake more often and literally enjoy that second or even third helping.
Cauliflower Rice – homemade or store-bought
Shell Pasta –
It’s been such a loooooong time since I shared a pasta recipe and this one has been our family favorite recipe for ages now.
As soon as the weather turns slightly chilly, we transition to more baked recipes or soup-sandwich kind of meals.
But at the same time, we don’t want a heavy meal that would make us feel lethargic or we think 10 times before making.
And as everyone loves pasta, this Skinny Cauliflower Pasta Bake is a Win-Win meal for all of us and including our friends/family with kids.
The kids love it thinking it looks soooooo cheesy and the parents love it as they know the kids are actually eating veggies (lol).
My friend kids call it Cauliflower Mac and Cheese 🙂
Few years back, when I told my family I would make a ‘Skinny Pasta’ they literally made faces and said let’s just order food.
But I anyways made the pasta and when it was kept on the table, they thought I dropped the idea of a skinny pasta as this looked pretty Cheesy.
And after devouring one or two spoonfuls, they literally announced this is not all skinny as it looks so cheesy and tastes so yum!!!
Aha 🙂 that exactly was their words and then I told them that the cheesy feel is not from ‘lots of cheese’ but ‘Cauliflower Rice’ !!!
I did hear some ‘No-Ways’ but that’s true, Cauliflower rice sauce has a very similar consistency to melted cheese.
This means our Skinny Cauliflower Pasta Bake is not Dry or flavorless!
Infact, it’s cheesier (without adding much cheese) and lighter than your regular bake.
I’ve also added this crunchy-spicy topping of breadcrumbs, crackers, and seasoning, which gives it a cheesy-crunchy taste.
Infact I love making this often as it cooks so much quicker than the regular cheesy pasta.
Cooking the Pasta & Shredding the Cauliflower – takes 3-4 minutes
Making the Cauliflower Sauce- takes about 3 minutes.
Baking the Pasta – takes 15 minutes to turn into this golden deliciousness.
So go ahead and try this recipe ASAP and do let me know how you liked it?
It’s also easily customizable, you can add or remove the seasoning as per choice.
I’ve added ‘Chili Flakes’ in both pasta and topping, but if you want, you can completely remove it when feeding to kids.
Tried Our Recipe – AWESOME!!!
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