Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole with Ham and Breadcrumbs
Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.