Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Week 4- Ham & Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

It is taking everything in me to keep wanting to cook on my days off! January is a tough at work so maybe I am just feeling extra lazy. I did manage to make some pork chops last week, but they were nothing special so I am not going to put that recipe on here. But I will share this amazing one Rob cooked!

Rob loves to watch a show called The Chew. Its basically just a day time cooking show on ABC. One of the host, Michael Symon, made this recipe one day. It has cauliflower in it, so I was very afraid (I am not a veggie girl). But it was so yummy! You have got to try this if you love Mac & Cheese!

Michael Symon's Ham and Cauliflower Mac & 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





  • 1. 
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. 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. 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. 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.





  • It was very yummy! The whole tablespoon of Red Chile flakes made it too spicy for me. I don't eat a lot of spicy foods, so take that into consideration when you are making this. I could barely finished my whole plate :(

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