Roasted Cauliflower and Linguine with Cheddar Sauce

I set out to make this Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower dish from Real Simple one evening, but it just didn’t work out. I didn’t have any macaroni (or any short cut pasta for that matter) and some how mac and cheese with linguine just doesn’t work. So, I improvised. And you know what, it was pretty tasty!

If you haven’t tried it, roasting cauliflower somehow transforms this somewhat stinky, bland vegetable. It gets crisp on the outside and tender and flavorful on the inside. Paired with a delightfully rich, but somewhat light, cheddar sauce, I was in heaven. Do yourself a favor and get some good cheddar, mine was on sale at Whole Foods this weekend and was perfect. With all the flavor, you won’t miss the cream and butter found in most cheese sauces. Here, greek yogurt and low-fat milk lighten it up, but don’t take away from the cheese’s rich yumminess.

As I was prepping dinner I ran into the living room and squealed to Ross, “It’s cheese night!” He didn’t quite share my enthusiasm, but he did enjoy it, so what more can I ask?

Roasted Cauliflower and Linguine with Cheddar Sauce
*This served two with one smallish serving leftover.

Ingredients
A handful of linguine
1 head of cauliflower
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. olive oil
cooking spray
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 cup loosely packed grated cheddar cheese (grate your own – so much better!)
1/3 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream
1 tsp. dijon mustard
black pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for the cauliflower

1.) Set the oven to 400*F. Chop the head of cauliflower into florets and place in a large mixing bowl. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil and generous sprinklings of salt and pepper. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread out the florets. Tip: Place the pieces cut side down, so they get nice and brown (see the picture). Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.
2.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 8 minutes.
3.) In another small pot, heat the butter over medium heat then add the garlic. Saute until soft and fragrant (about two minutes). Add the flour and stir to create a roux. Cook for 1 minute.
4.) Stir in the milk to the roux, then add the yogurt. The yogurt will curdle a bit, but don’t worry, it will cook out. Stir in the salt, pepper and dijon mustard. Add the cheese and stir until the sauce looks nice and smooth.
5.) When the pasta and cauliflower are done, toss with the cheese sauce and eat!

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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3 Responses to Roasted Cauliflower and Linguine with Cheddar Sauce

  1. Shannon says:

    Yum… anything cheesey hits the spot with me. The cauliflower is a healthy bonus.

  2. Jemina says:

    Yummy!!!!! a DEFINITE must try!!!!!!

    Kisses
    J
    xoxo

  3. Pingback: Coconut Curry Crock Pot Chicken | sweeter salt

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