Protein+® Elbows with Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

Roasted cauliflower is combined with cream, mustard, cheddar & parmesan to create a beautiful sauce for delicious macaroni pasta.

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Ingredients 7 Servings


  • 1 box Barilla® Protein+® Elbows pasta
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¾ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
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  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Toss cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

  • Place cauliflower on a sheet tray and roast for 7-9 min. or until done, set aside.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. 

  • Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat add butter and onion. Cook for 1-2 min. Whisk in cream and mustard, bring to a simmer, whisk in cheddar and ½ of the Parmigiano, and cauliflower.

  • Place mixture in a blender and blend until smooth, then mix with pasta. Top with breadcrumbs, remaining Parmigiano cheese, and parsley.

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