Cauliflower Pancetta Macaroni & Cheese

cauliflower mac

Here is what you need:

  • 8 oz Pancetta, diced
  • 2 heads Cauliflower
  • 2 bunch Scallions
  • 12 oz Macaroni
  • 12 oz Italian Cheese Blend
  • 4 T flour
  • 2 cups Reduced Fat Milk
  • 4 T Chicken Stock Concentrate
  • 2 T Butter


Here is what you do:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water with a large pinch of salt to a boil. Once boiling, add the macaroni to the water and cook for 8-10 minutes until al dente. Drain.
    HINT: Toss the drained macaroni with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent it from sticking.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Thinly slice the scallions, keeping the greens and whites separate.
  • Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and tender.
  • Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and scallion whites to the pan and cook, tossing, for 4-6 minutes until the pancetta is crispy. Set aside, leaving as much oil in the pan as possible.
  • Make the cheese sauce: heat 2 Tablespoons butter in the same  pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour into the butter and cook, whisking constantly, for 1-2 minutes. Very slowly whisk the milk into the pan a little bit at a time until combined. Add the  stock concentrate to the pan and bring the mixture to a simmer for  1-2 minutes until thickened. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in  the cheese. Season with salt and pepper (to taste).
  • Stir the macaroni, pancetta mixture, and ¾ of the cauliflower into the cheese sauce. Transfer the mixture into a lightly oiled baking dish (we used an 8×8 inch dish). Top with the remaining cauliflower, then transfer the dish to the oven to bake for 5-7 minutes, until bubbling.
  • Garnish the macaroni and cheese with scallion greens and enjoy!


Recipe idea from Hello Fresh. You can find the original here:

3 responses to “Cauliflower Pancetta Macaroni & Cheese”

  1. This looks delicious! I’ve never tried pancetta before and can’t wait to make this for dinner!


  2. I like the idea of using cauliflower, I might even try zucchini or butternut squash.

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  3. Looks great!

    Liked by 1 person

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