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Michael Symon's Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Ham Cauliflower Mac Cheese Michael Symon
Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole with Ham and Breadcrumbs
skill level
Easy
time
30-60min
servings
12
cost
$
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Cauliflower florets lighten up the traditional baked macaroni and cheese without compromising flavor.
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ingredients
  • 1 pound Conchigliette (pasta shells)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Cauliflower Florets (shaved)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Red Chili Flakes
  • 2 cups Gruyere
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated and divided)
  • 1/2 pound Baked Ham Steak (julienned)
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped Parsley
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  • 1
    1 pound Conchigliette (pasta shells)
    Preheat the oven on broil. Bring a pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Cook the pasta 1 minute short of the package directions.
  • 2
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2 cups Cauliflower Florets (shaved)
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over high heat. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add cauliflower, tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the cauliflower begins to caramelize.
  • 3
    2 tablespoons Butter (divided)
    2 tablespoons Flour 
    3 cups Whole Milk 
    1/8 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg 
    1 tablespoon Red Chili Flakes 
    2 cups Gruyere 
    1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated and divided)
    1/2 pound Baked Ham Steak (julienned) 
    Add the butter to the pot. Whisk in flour to form a paste. Season with salt and cook for 2 to 3 minutes just until the paste starts to take on a warm golden color. Whisk in the milk and season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and chili flakes. Stir in the gruyere and half of the Parmigiano-Reggiano to melt. Add in the ham. Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat. Transfer to a greased baking dish.
  • 4
    1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
    1/4 cup chopped Parsley 
    Mix the bread crumbs, remaining cheese and chopped parsley. Sprinkle evenly over the pasta and place under the broiler. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, just until the bread crumbs are golden brown.
 
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