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Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese (Just Like Macaroni and Cheese But Without the Pasta!)
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Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti
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1 Pot, 3 Ingredient, 15 Minute Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta
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Bok Choy and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas
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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole
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Extra Cheesy Pumpkin Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese
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Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole
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Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta
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Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
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Pasta al Gratin Macaroni and Cheese
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Pepper Jack Jalapeno Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
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Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet
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Cheesy French Fry Casserole
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Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
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Green Pepper Cheese Bake
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Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
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Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole
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Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese (Just Like Macaroni and Cheese But Without the Pasta!)

This Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese casserole is just like Macaroni and Cheese but without the pasta!  It’s a savory, comforting, cheesy dish that uses fresh vegetables.  Your family will love it!

With pounds of green beans and cabbage to be picked in the garden I have been trying to come up with new ways to eat our veggies.  For dinner one night I was craving macaroni and cheese but wanted to use our vegetables so this unique macaroni and cheese but without the pasta casserole dish was created!  

This Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese casserole is just like Macaroni and Cheese but without the pasta! It's a savory, comforting, cheesy dish that uses fresh vegetables. Your family will love it!

This recipe uses 1.5 cups of fresh green beans, one head of cabbage and cheddar cheese.    It’s a great side dish or main dish that is comforting, but doesn’t make you feel too bad because look at all the vegetables you ate! 🙂   This would make a great new casserole dish for the holidays, as well as a everyday dinner when you have lots of green beans and cabbage.  We are big fans of this dish in our house and I hope you will become one too!

This Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese casserole is just like Macaroni and Cheese but without the pasta! It's a savory, comforting, cheesy dish that uses fresh vegetables. Your family will love it!

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Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti

HEALTHY Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti made with Parmesan Cheese!   This is a great way to sneak in vegetables for a meal your family will love! This easy recipe only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!  Sometimes I like adding chicken to it for more protein! 

The garden is filled with bok choy right now.  Every week when we come home from the garden I’m carrying a few pounds of it, thinking of new recipe ideas.    The words “creamy” and “bok choy” dont usually go together but this recipe was such a hit it’s become a staple in our kitchen during bok choy season.

You’ll need 12 oz of bok choy for this recipe, either from your garden or a grocery store.  We grow baby bok choy (we use these seeds) in the garden and it’s a wonderful fast growing plant.  Because we pick it when it’s baby sized, you just yank out the entire plant.  I love baby bok choy so we have planted over 90 plants – crazy, I know!  If you end up with lots of bok choy plants at once, don’t worry, it freezes really well!

Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti is a delicious healthy meal that your family will love! It only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!

A bonus of this recipe is that even though it’s “creamy” it’s a pretty healthy dish.  I only had to add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese to create a nice creamy consistency.  That’s the only cheese you need which is pretty good considering lots of other “creamy” dishes are using cups of cheese.    Also I recommend a skinny noodle, like simple spaghetti, instead of a hollow noodle (example is rigatoni) as it won’t absorb the creaminess as good.   
Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti is a delicious healthy meal that your family will love! It only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!

Now let’s get cooking.

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1 Pot, 3 Ingredient, 15 Minute Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

This Stovetop Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese is made with 1 pot,  3 ingredients and only takes 15 minutes to make.   Grab your pasta, Velveeta cheese and broccoli and make this easy creamy homemade mac and cheese for dinner soon!  Kids will love how delicious it is! Adults will love how simple it is to make!

You guys, you’re going to love this Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese.  It’s a real 1 pot, 3 ingredient, 15 minute meal and it’s one of my favorite cheesy pasta dishes.

1 pot – seriously.  
3 ingredients – Noodles, cheese and broccoli.  Boom, easy.
15 minutes – A real 15 minute meal. Not 15 minutes plus prep time.  You might even finish in 13 minutes!

With recent chilly nights where I wrap a blanket around me, I crave comfort food. I want it hot.  I want it cheesy.  But I also want some vegetables because a garden girl always want some freshness.  Plus I like to think that when you add vegetables to recipes it makes them healthy.  Like Glazed Carrot Donuts,  Red Bean Brownies, Sinful Chocolate Black Bean Brownies or Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese.  See, all healthy recipes. You agree, right?  Ok, great.

So Broccoli and Macaroni and Cheese was the only way to go.  But with comfort food, I want it quick.  That way I don’t have to get out of my warm blanket for more time.  I could wear my pink house robe while cooking to stay warm, but trust me, noone wants to see that.
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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

You’ll love this creamy cauliflower pasta dish because it’s cheesy and full of vegetables.  Plus it’ll be done in 15 minutes.  Isn’t that a win win situation?  

Our cauliflower was picked in the beginning of June so I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you!  We love harvesting cauliflower.  We love that one plant equals one head of cauliflower, so it’s always a little bit more special as you really have to take care of that plant.   Some years we’ve had success with cauliflower and some years it gets hot too quickly and the cauliflower ends up the size of a tennis ball.  It’s one of those plants we always have to decide at the beginning of seed planting calendar if we should grow that year, but somehow it always wins.

Plus, if the cauliflower grows, I’m one happy girl. I even do a little dance for it, but I won’t show you that.
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I just love how it’s a bundle of joy, all wrapped up.   
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Bok Choy and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Happy June 1st everyone!  Can you believe it’s June already?  The garden season began months ago (officially with seeds) but when the hot and humid weather hits then it really seems like it’s garden time.  That time is now!  The garden is in full bloom right with all of our Spring and many of our Summer plants growing (cucumbers and cantaloupe seeds inside).  

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Every year we grow a few heads of bok choy.  Do you remember the size of last year’s bok choy?  This year is no exception.  We decided to plant the bok choy in the long kale and onion box this year instead of the usual container.  I was worried they wouldn’t grow as big, but they always like to show how great they are… and here they are:
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? In this recipe we’re going to mix a comfort food favorite with some garden fresh sugar snap peas!  It’s the perfect combo of creamy and crunchy!

Lately I’ve been wearing 2 winter coats at the same time, it’s that cold.  Last night I was standing in the shower and was unsure if I was still freezing or the water was so hot it was burning me.  It’s that cold.   When I get home from work I grab all the cats at once, hold them against me and don’t’ release them until I am warm.  Ok, it doesn’t matter if I’m cold, I always do that. 

The storm last week in NYC wasn’t as bad as expected but we are expecting a little more snow today.  4 inches or 10 inches?  Who knows.   What I know is that all I want is warm food all the time during the Winter. It’s soup for lunch.  It’s a warmed up brownie for a late afternoon snack.  It’s tea nonstop.  And it’s this Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas for dinner.   

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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe.    This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too! 

What’s one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving? No, not the pumpkin pie.  And no, not watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  Although I love both of those.  My favorite is…..

LEFTOVERS!

Oh baby, I love leftovers!

It’s like Thanksgiving for a week straight!  Each night is turkey in new ways, mashed potatoes on the side and plenty of vegetables.  One night it’s turkey sandwiches covered in homemade gravy. The next night is Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday again. And then comes the casseroles.  

This Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is my favorite.  Not only does it make a perfect side dish for holiday meals, bu it’s the ultimate leftover meal using a bunch of stuffing. And what else do I love about leftovers? Saving money.  Thanksgiving dinner is great because it’s literally 1 meal that feeds you for the next week.  

Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

This casserole besides being cheesy and delicious and mouthwatering and made of dreams (I like it, ok) only has a few ingredients. There’s stuffing,  frozen corn and broccoli, cream of chicken soup, white rice and cheese.  That’s it.  Because the few ingredients it’s also really quick to make.   Like I said, it’s amazing. I give my heart to you Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole.

So let’s make it! Gather your ingredients.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!
(not pictured here: soup or rice because they were cooking!)

Make your stuffing as instructed on the box.  Take a bite.  I won’t tell anyone.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Throw in your frozen vegetables.  
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Throw in your cooked rice.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Next add in your creamy soup.  Oh baby baby, this is looking like comfort food now.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Mix it all around.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Now throw those beautiful cubes of cheese on top.  
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

After that you’ll add your stuffing on top and into the oven it will go… 

In about 35-40 minutes this swoon worthy casserole will be ready to dive into!

Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

 Don’t you just want a big spoon to eat it up with right now?
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

I’m in love with this casserole.  I want to get it a matching Best Friend necklace. 
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

So when the holidays roll around, make this casserole.  Perfect for a side dish, leftovers or even a main dish if you are craving comfort.  But please, always serve with a few warm rolls.  It just takes it to that whole next level of extra special.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Enjoy!

Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 6 oz package of Stove Top Stuffing Mix (Chicken or Turkey)
  2. 10 oz bag of frozen corn
  3. 10 oz bag of frozen broccoli
  4. 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup
  5. 1 cup cooked white rice
  6. 1 cup Velveeta cheese - cubed into bite size pieces
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make your stuffing as instructed on box.
  3. Spray baking dish with nonstick spray.
  4. Add corn, broccoli, soup and rice in baking dish and mix so combined.
  5. Place cubes of cheese all over the top of the casserole.
  6. Put stuffing on the very top so it covers the entire casserole.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
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Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

 

Extra Cheesy Pumpkin Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

Extra Cheesy Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Jalapenos!  This cheesy recipe is pure comfort food, perfect to enjoy in the Fall season!

This recipe includes the ingredients:

Pumpkin
Jalapeno Peppers
Cheese

Which means it’s perfect.  

It’s the perfect savory holiday macaroni and cheese,  ready to be served to your family and friends.   I don’t just reserve pumpkin for Fall though so I say have it year round!  

Extra Cheesy Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Jalapenos! This cheesy recipe is pure comfort food, perfect to enjoy in the Fall season!

Let’s talk Halloween first.  Are you ready for it?  I said 2 weeks ago I was going to get the Halloween decorations out but I still haven’t as it’s been hectic here with work.  I wrote HALLOWEEN on 12 post-its posted all over our home though so I’m hoping this weekend it gets done!    One of the things I miss most being from a small town is trick or treaters and people decorating their houses to to the extreme.  Every year my Mom would go crazy with decorations from the windows to the door to the kitchen table.   I love giving out treats to trick or treaters and making them tell me about their costumes, but my neighborhood in Brooklyn doesn’t really have trick or treaters, plus I live in a loft building so it’s not like the kids are going to go apartment to apartment.  I miss it!  Do you get trick or treaters? What are you handing out this year?

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Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole

This extra cheesy casserole is made with mozzarella cheese and fresh cauliflower.  Serve it as a main dish or a side. 

Hello friends.  I have one heck of a cheesy casserole for you today!  So grab a plate and fork and dig in!

You might have already noticed I’m a bit obsessed with cauliflower casseroles.  There’s my Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole and my Cheddar Cheesy Cauliflower that are both still dinner time favorites.    Then there’s this extra Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole.  You agree that everything should be extra cheesy, right?  I mean with a dish full of cauliflower it’s basically minus calories.  So we need to put cheese on this.. we need calories… our bodies need this cheese to function.  You agree with this too, right? Ok, great!

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Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Get ready for a creamy pasta meal full of vegetables!  It’s the perfect combination! 

As you saw earlier this week we picked a bunch of lettuce so I’ve been going dinner recipe crazy with coming up with ways on how to use it.  Most people think salads when they have lettuce but we’re not big salad people so I always want to think of ways on how to use it for dinner.  I love using lettuce as a main ingredient in adding crunch and healthy vegetables to a dinner dish.    We love creamy pasta for dinner but often vegetables go unlooked when adding to it, especially lettuce.  For this recipe here we added a big pile of lettuce and radishes to the dish which complimented the creamy pasta perfectly!

After dinner we both proclaimed this to be one of our new favorite dinner dishes… so bring on the lettuce in this creamy dish!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

I hope you guys give this a taste for dinner soon! I think you’ll love it! 

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz of ziti or penne pasta
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 2 cloves garlic - minced
  4. 2 tablespoons flour
  5. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  6. 1/2 cup milk
  7. 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  8. salt + pepper to taste
  9. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  10. 1 cup lettuce - chopped
  11. 1/4 cup radishes - chopped
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta as instructed on box. Drain and set aside in pot.
  2. Melt butter and garlic in a medium saucepan.
  3. Add flour and cook 1 more minute, stirring.
  4. Add chicken broth and milk, continuing to stir until sauce thickens.
  5. Add parsley, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Stir so combined.
  6. Pour cheese sauce over pasta. Add lettuce and radishes.
  7. Stir so everything is mixed and serve hot.
  8. Enjoy!
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Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

If you add tomatoes to macaroni and cheese, that makes it a healthy dish, right?  I’m glad you agree with me!

For this recipe  we are mixing 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes with some cheesy macaroni noodles.  If you don’t have fresh, don’t worry I got you covered too.  Instead substitute it with 1 can of diced tomatoes.   I have a entire macaroni and cheese recipe section now and check out how many of them have vegetables in… I really love getting veggies cheesy!   So next time you’re craving some homemade mac and cheese add some tomatoes! Enjoy!
Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups macaroni noodles
  2. 8 oz cheese (either cheddar or mozzarella)
  3. 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  9. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  10. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. In a large pot boil macaroni noodles per directions on box. Drain and put half in a greased casserole dish.
  2. Take half of cheese and add on top of macaroni.
  3. Put remaining half of macaroni noodles on top, then top again with remaining cheese.
  4. Stir together diced tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, thyme and pepper in bowl. Pour over macaroni mixture.
  5. Spread bread crumbs on top of dish.
  6. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
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Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Pasta al Gratin Macaroni and Cheese

“Hey quick, come over and check out this bĂ©chamel sauce” I yelled to Matthew.
“What?” he responded.
“Get over here, you have to check out this sauce.  It’s so beautiful!” I demanded.  Nicely.
Begrudgingly he arrived at the stove.  “What?”
“What? Did you just what this sauce? Look at it!”.  
“What?”
Am I married to a man who can’t see and appreciate the beauty of this white sauce?  “What?  What again?  Look at it! Look at how beautifully the milk has cooked making it oh so creamy.”
He nods.
“Get out of here.  Right now! No sauce for you!”

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Sometimes other people just can’t see the beauty in things, but what are you going to do?

I am obsessed with the bĂ©chamel sauce that holds together this macaroni and cheese dish.  You’d think by looking at it the dish is full of cheese, but there is only 1/4 cup of cheese in this dish!    The sauce is made slowly cooking the milk until it turns creamy, patience is key here.  The sauce is velvety and oh so rich making it hold together your elbow noodles perfectly.  

This recipe comes from one of my new favorite cookbooks “Italian Kitchen” by Anna Del Conte, published by Sterling.  Not only are the recipes in it amazing (because honestly, they are) but it’s one of the prettiest cookbooks I’ve ever owned in my life.  First of all, the book comes with no dust jacket which I love.  I always take off my dust jackets anyways hoping for a pretty cover inside, but this one is just straight up off the shelf beautiful.  Also the outside of the book cover is printed on a canvas that has the appearance of being worn, like you’ve been enjoying this cookbook with love for years.    I’ve had this cookbook lying around the house recently and whenever anyone sees it they always comment on how great it looks.  

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And then as soon as you open up the book you’ll be stunned by great the first opening spread is.  Whoever designed this cookbook needs a award, or maybe some dishes left at their doorstep.  Because I’m crazy I googled this and the design is by Anna crone and the Photography is by Jason Lowe.  I usually don’t list info like this here but it’s really one good looking book.
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When you get to the Table of Contents you’ll see a short list of categories.   I love that there’s only a few and the book focuses on what it’s intent is, Italian Cooking.  
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The pasta section is the key to my heart is full of so many recipes I’ve already made or am planning to  Again, don’t you love the rustic design?
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For you guys though, I really wanted to share the Pasta al Gratin Macaroni and Cheese recipe.  As many of you know I’m a big time mac and cheese lover but this one here is not your average recipe, it’s so rich and deep with flavor making it a real star in serving.   I love what the author of the book, Anna Del Conte, said about this recipe when she was discussing her favorite pasta dish with her husband.  After asking her what her favorite was she said “Pasta al gratin”.  “Oh really?” he said, and thought “What about that discerning palate she’s so proud of?”  But he was thinking of the macaroni and cheese of his school days, and I was thinking of the velvety, cheesey delight of Pasta al Gratin.  She goes on to say:  Although it (this dish) is made with a sauce with a French name, the dish is Italian.  it is made in many regions, with certain variations.  In the north, for instance, Parmesan is used, sometimes mixed with Emmental or fontina, while in Naples, a buffalo mozzarella is cut up and pushed here and there among the penne (or elbows).  

Italian Cooking Pasta al Gratin

And without further taunting you with pictures, I open up the cookbook and share you with this delicious Pasta al Gratin Macaroni and Cheese recipe.Italian Cooking Pasta al Gratin_8

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Pasta al Gratin Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz fontina, grated
  2. 2 oz Parmesan, grated
  3. 12 oz penne or macaroni elbows
  4. 3 cups whole milk
  5. 5 tablespoons butter
  6. 1/2 cup flour
  7. sea salt and black pepper
  8. grated nutmeg
Instructions
  1. To make the bechamel sauce, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat.
  2. Melt the butter, remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the flour. Put the pan back on the heat and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat an add the milk gradually. Return the pan to the heat and cook until the sauce comes to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and a generous amount of nutmeg. Cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. To finish the sauce, leave cooking on low for 10-15 minutes, only stirring occasionally. This long, slow cooking makes it a rich sauce you would not be able to achieve if you cooked for a shorter time.
  5. Add the cheeses to the sauce.
  6. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente, as instructed on box. Drain.
  7. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Coat a shallow baking dish with a little of the sauce. Dress the pasta with about 2/3 of the bechamel and transfer to the prepared dish. Spread the rest of the sauce all over the top. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to blend while cooking a little.
Adapted from Italian Kitchen
Adapted from Italian Kitchen
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Pepper Jack Jalapeno Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Hello beautiful Macaroni and Cheese.
I love you.
Please be mine.
Would you like to dance?
Let’s be friends.

These are all ways I like to greet this macaroni and cheese.  Its real special.

Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

This macaroni and cheese mixes a bunch of cut up cauliflower with pepper jack jalapeno cheese to add some spice.  Then it’s all melted over pasta shells.   Oh and there’s bread crumbs on top to add a bit of crunch.  

Do you love pepper jack jalapeno cheese as much as I do?  I love the kick of it.  When I saw it the grocery store I threw it in my buggy right away.  I knew I had to make something with it (besides eating it by the slice because I did alot of that too).  Next time you’re in the supermarket try to look for this! 
Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

The cauliflower comes straight from the garden.  In the winter.  Seriously.  We still have vegetables growing under the green house.  It makes my gardening heart pretty happy to go up to the roof in my winter coat and cut off a cauliflower head (and then cover it in cheese).
Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

 Next time your’e craving macaroni and cheese, give this a try!

Pepper Jack Jalapeno Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pasta shells
  2. 3 cups cauliflower cut up into pieces
  3. 1/4 cup butter
  4. 2 tablespoons flour
  5. 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  6. 1 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1 1/2 cups milk
  8. 10 ounces pepper jack jalapeno cheese
  9. 1/4 cup bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil water and cook pasta shells as instructed on box. When there are 3 minutes left, add your cauliflower to the boiling pot. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan melt your butter over medium heat. Slowly add flour, dry mustard and pepper until smooth.
  4. Add your milk and cheese slowly and keep stirring until it's smooth and melted. Take off burner.
  5. Add your macaroni and cauliflower to cheese mixture saucepan and stir until all shells are coated.
  6. Transfer your mixture to a baking dish and sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
  7. Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  8. Enjoy!
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Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet

Welcome to a new week, I hope you all had a lovely weekend.   

We have a new favorite dinner that we’ve been making almost bi-weekly now, it’s Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet.   Lasagna is hands down one of our favorite dinners, but sometimes you just don’t have the time to organize the layers and bake in the oven, this skillet is quick, cheesy and oh goodness is it delicious.    What makes this lasagna extra special?  Well besides the ricotta cheese which makes everything creamy, there’s Sweet Italian Sausage which I’m pretty  much in love with at the moment.  After I brown the sausage there’s a good 3 minute period where I just stand by the stove and eat it out of the pan.   

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Added into the lasagna is garden fresh spaghetti sauce, fresh basil, green peppers and some mushrooms.  In my opinion life is better when there is mushrooms and green peppers involved.  Lately, we’ve been putting them on our pizza too – what a great combo.  

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So next time you are craving lasagna but don’t want to wait or do the extra work, throw all these ingredients in a skillet and you’ll have the creamiest dinner in all the land!  This is definitely a keeper.  Bonus: Leftovers are delicious!

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Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet
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Ingredients
  1. 12 lasagna noodles - broken in half
  2. 1 pound sweet Italian sausage - out of their casings
  3. 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
  4. 2 cups ricotta cheese
  5. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. 8 oz cut up mushrooms
  7. 1 green pepper diced
  8. handful of fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Brown sausage in skillet.
  2. Break lasagna noodles in half and cook as directed. Drain.
  3. When noodles are cooked add them to the skillet of browned sausage. Add in spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and diced green pepper.
  4. Cook until melted and well heated, about 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir so ricotta is distributed evenly.
  5. Put remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese on top, sprinkle fresh basil on top. Cover and cook until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Servings: 4
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Cheesy French Fry Casserole

French Fries,  I have a real big crush on you.  I love you straight. I love you crinkled. I love you curly.  I love you covered in cheese.  And chili.  And beans. 

Are you like me and stock up on certain items but don’t notice until you open your freezer and multiple bags of frozen french fries are staring at you?  I’m that way for a few things.  When Goya  is on sale I think I need 8 cans of hominy or pinto beans (just in case).  Pasta, yes, let’s buy 10 boxes.  Ketchup, well maybe I will have a cookout, better buy a few bottles.  That 20 pound bag of rice is super cheap, what a deal, better buy it.  Whenever French Fries are on sale, usually 2 bags for $5, I fall in that category.  

A few nights ago I was going through the process of “What to make for dinner”.  There were a few rules:
-I wanted french fries.  
-I wanted to use up heavy creamy which was close to it’s end date.
-I needed to use some type of garden vegetable.
-I wanted to prepare it quickly. This means frozen french fries.
-I wanted it to be delicious.

So French Fry Casserole was born!  

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When I took this out of the oven, I pulled back the foil and I wish I had a video to document Matthew’s reaction.  It was pure innocent excitement for this casserole.   If you like cheese fries (where my cheese fry fans at? holla at me) then you’re going to love this casserole because it’s basically glorified chili cheese fries that we can call dinner and everyone will be ok with it because we added the word casserole to the end.  The chili comes from chili beans which I could eat out of the can with a spoon.  On top is also a green pepper chopped up, this gives the casserole a great crunch and it just makes me happy to use anything we grow in the garden with french fries.

We ate this casserole as a main dish and it was extra filling. There is no meat in this, but you could add chicken, ground beef, or bacon bits to the top if you choose to.  

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Cheesy French Fry Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag frozen french fries (use enough to cover the bottom of your pan)
  2. 2 cups heavy cream
  3. 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  4. 1 can chili beans
  5. 1 bell pepper - chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with frozen french fries.
  3. Pour your heavy cream on top.
  4. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
  5. Put chili beans and bell peppers on top.
  6. Cover with foil and poke a fork or knife through the foil 3 times - this helps the steam escape.
  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!
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And then what comes out of the oven is this gorgeous dish:
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I love the little kick the chili beans provide on top.
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Serve yourself and enjoy!
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Then start diving into those fries..
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Cheesy goodness!
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Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  

It’s that time again, a pumpkin recipe! I’m pretty sure you will see a almost weekly pumpkin recipe until Halloween.. I just can’t get enough!  

I know some of you don’t want summer to end, but I’d like for you to take my hand and enter into Fall’s journey.  It’s full of beautiful leaves, apple cider, chilly nights, comfortable socks, ghosts and goblins, the color orange. 

Oh pumpkin! Oh this recipe!

First it was Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies, then it was Pumpkin Chili… now I’m pulling out the big guns.. Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese!
Not only does this recipe have pumpkin which is delicious, but it’s pumpkin macaroni and cheese. I know, drop what you’re doing  – this is getting serious.  Pumpkin, Melted Cheese, Pasta – can it get any more perfect? I’m not sure, but I’d like to think this is close to it.   The pumpkin doesn’t overwhelm this macaroni and cheese, it adds a creaminess  and richness…and it adds great nutrients.   If your family loves their macaroni and cheese, this is a great alternative full of fiber and vitamins.  

Bonus points: If you grow pumpkins make sure you make pumpkin puree – it will make this dish incredibly fresh, Earthy (in a good way), and you will just feel like a pumpkin boss. 

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.

Once you take a bite.. it’ll be hard not to think of Fall! It will also be hard not to close your eyes and cherish this moment.
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups elbow macaroni
  2. 4 tablespoons butter
  3. 2 tablespoons flour
  4. 2 cups milk
  5. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  6. Dash of nutmeg
  7. 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  8. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  9. 2 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make elbow macaroni according to box. Drain, set aside.
  3. In a medium size saucepan melt your butter over low-medium heat. Stir in flour and continue to stir until smooth. Stir in milk and bring to a simmer. Continue to stir for 1 minute until it's thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in pepper, nutmeg, mustard.
  5. Add in pumpkin puree and 2 cups of shredded cheese, stirring until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Add macaroni to cheese mixture and stir until it's all coated. Pour into baking dish.
  7. Top with 1/4 cup remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
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Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
These are some of our pumpkins we picked this summer, along with some fresh pumpkin puree I just made.  We have another batch of pumpkins to pick in October, I love Fall!


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  Preserving fact: Pumpkin freezes amazing.  I usually freeze pumpkin in 8 oz or 16 oz portions.  Pumpkin Puree easily lasts up to a year in the freezer.  Pumpkins you guys, they just are the best.  And they are really really cute!


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  This recipe calls for 2 and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese.   Of course I had to put it into a pumpkin bowl, because well I just had to!

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
Gather your ingredients.  The saucepan to the right has your melted butter, flour and milk.  


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  Then add your pepper, nutmeg, mustard…..

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
And then add your pumpkin puree and 2 cups of cheese.  Stir cheese until it’s fully melted. 

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
Then add your elbow macaroni and stir… I dare you not to just take a big spoonful right now.   Me? I took about 6.

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
Put in a baking dish.  Something I’d like to talk about right now, don’t panic as it’s extremely runny.  Once it bakes it won’t be runny at all.  Again, it will be ok! You have to trust me on this one…

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
1/4 cup of your remaining cheese goes on top…

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
And after 25 minutes – BOOM! MY GOODNESS.  LOOK AT THIS MAGIC.  I think I almost cried. I think I did, I am a very emotional person.  


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  It’s just so beautiful and rich.  It smells amazing.  


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  Pumpkins, you guys rule.    We are best friends forever.  


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  Start serving and swooning! It will be a magical dinner…

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal.  Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.

Green Pepper Cheese Bake

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

I know you all used to watch Full House.  And I know you all remember Uncle Jessie.  So I know you all know the phrase “Have Mercy.”

So you can imagine my amusement when I pulled this green pepper cheese bake out of the oven and muttered “Have Mercy”.  And then I laughed.  And then I looked around to make sure none of the cats were judging me.  The coast was clear.  I put this green pepper dish on the counter, took a step back and repeated “Have Mercy”.  This right here is a looker, a real beauty, a real head turner.  You get the idea.  It’s glorious.

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

I mean, come on, seriously.  Don’t you just want to marry this dish? I do!

The best part of this dish besides the cheese and the cream (haha) is that it’s all vegetables! It’s full of 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach.   It’s like your own vegetable garden that will live in your belly (take a minute to just visualize this).  This can be a side dish, or a meatless dinner! We had it as our main dinner with garlic bread on the side.  You will need a little bread to soak up that creamy goodness at the bottom, trust me.  You will want it.  

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Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.  

Ok, we have the 3 C’s here.  Let’s talk about them.

Cheesy – who doesn’t love cheese?  Mozzarella, Cheddar and Parmesan are my favorites for recipes.  And this recipe has 2 of them in!
Cauliflower – beautiful cauliflower, fresh from the garden, I love you.  You can’t go wrong with cauliflower, you just can’t!
Casserole – I love casseroles.   You put them inside the oven and magic happens.  That’s the only way I can describe it.

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.  

We love this casserole, especially when we can pick the cauliflower straight from the garden.   We usually have it as our  dinner main dish because it’s pretty filling, especially if you add a piece of crusty bread on the side.   You can also serve the casserole a side dish,  it would be great paired with a meat at the holiday table.  

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.

Hope you enjoy!

Update: This recipe now has a video to go along with it! If you like the recipe please share on Facebook!

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  2. 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  3. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  4. 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  5. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  6. 1 tablespoon dried sage
  7. 1 garlic clove, minced
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Steam your cauliflower for 3 minutes, drain.
  3. Add cauliflower into casserole baking dish.
  4. In a bowl stir together your Cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, dried sage, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour everything in your bowl over cauliflower and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is slightly browned.
  8. Enjoy!
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DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.

 

Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

You’ll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.  

Who doesn’t like pizza?  I love it.

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

Who doesn’t like cauliflower? I love it.    

Cauliflower pizza casserole is born!

When I first found a great cauliflower pizza casserole recipe it called for pureed cauliflower, but pureeing cauliflower that we grew seemed like a absolute sin to me.  I can’t give so much energy and love to our garden cauliflower and then just blend it up, that would be the saddest thing ever.  If we were ever to sell produce commercially I would put on every single package a (cute) warning sign that says “YOU MAY NOT PUREE ME, IT WILL MAKE PAMELA VERY SAD, PLEASE LOVE CAULIFLOWER WHOLE.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH”.  So in my recipe, we cut it into small bite size pieces.  I prefer it this way as well as the cheese will get in all the nooks and crannies of the cauliflower.    And who doesn’t’ like cheese?    Especially with cauliflower.  This is a absolute win situation.

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Here’s your cauliflower.  Mine happens to talk.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Here’s your cream, butter and garlic mixture.  Pizza always needs a little garlic.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.And here’s your pepperoni.  I quartered each slice.  Do this with scissors, a knife or just tear it apart with your hands.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.This is step 1 of the casserole, your cauliflower/butter mixture/pepperoni are all mixed up. 



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 2: Add your pizza sauce.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 3: Add your cheese!  Be brave, cover this sucker.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 4:  Pepperoni time.  Feel free to eat a few slices too, I won’t tell anyone.

Then into the oven it goes…



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.And out of the oven it comes! Mamma-Mia!



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.The cheese is melted, a little bubbly, a little brown. I have pure joy right now.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Then take a few whole basil leave and put it on top.  I love pizza with fresh basil. 

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole, it’s like having your own garden pizzeria!  Major winner here – enjoy!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 large cauliflower head - cut up into small bite size pieces
  2. 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  3. 1 tablespoon butter - melted
  4. 2 cloves garlic - minced
  5. 15 slices of pepperoni - quartered
  6. 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
For on top of the casserole
  1. 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  2. 12 slices pepperoni
  3. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. fresh basil to garnish
Instructions
  1. Chop your clean cauliflower into small bite size pieces. Steam for 2 minutes, drain. Put into casserole dish.
  2. In a bowl mix your butter, heavy cream and garlic.
  3. Pour butter mixture over cauliflower.
  4. Add quartered pepperoni slices, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella on top of your cauliflower.
  5. Mix everything up so cauliflower is coated.
  6. Spread your pizza sauce evenly on top of your cauliflower.
  7. Pour your 1 cup shredded mozzarella evenly on top.
  8. Put your sliced pepperoni on top.
  9. Cook at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  10. Garnish with basil when it comes out of the oven.
  11. Enjoy!
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 You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

 

Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

We’ve harvested alot of broccoli this season.  Every single plant produced a beautiful big head of broccoli.  You guys know I love broccoli already,  but do you know I love macaroni and cheese too?  Macaroni and cheese is a comfort food and it holds dear memories of my father making me dinner every single day he was home from work during high school.  He knew I loved that mac and cheese so he made it once a week, I was a very happy girl.  Thanks Dad!

 So what happens when you mix comfort food with happy harvest?  You get one of  my favorite broccoli dishes: Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese. I love macaroni and cheese of all sorts.  I’m fine with the box, I’m super fine with homemade.  I’m fine with it made with cheese that comes in a foil package (Where my Velveeta fans at?), I’m super fine with a baked version.    This recipe is a in between, yes it’s baked, but the inside of the dish is still soft and cheesy and gooey.   It’s just perfect, the best of both worlds.

So if you like mac and cheese and you like broccoli, this dish is for you!

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Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup elbow macaroni
  2. 4 cups broccoli florets
  3. 1/2 cup butter
  4. 2 tablespoons flour
  5. 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  6. 1 teaspoon pepper
  7. 2 cups milk
  8. 8 ounces Velveeta cheese
  9. 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese
  10. 1/4 cup bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil water and cook macaroni as instructed on box. When there is 3 minutes left, add your broccoli to the boiling pot. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan melt your butter over medium heat. Slowly add flour, dry mustard and pepper until it's smooth.
  4. Add your milk slowly and keep stirring until it's smooth.
  5. Add in your cheese and continue to stir until it's smooth.
  6. Take off burner.
  7. Add your macaroni to cheese mixture saucepan and stir until all noodles are coated.
  8. Transfer your mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
  9. Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly.
  10. Enjoy!
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We have a big bag right now full of broccoli.  Every time I open it I just smile and breathe in the scent of broccoli.  

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For this recipe, you need 4 cups of florets.  I leave mine pretty big.

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For this, we’re going to cook our macaroni, then when there’s 3 minutes left we’re going to throw our broccoli in too.  This means only one pot to clean.  High 5.

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Drain and set aside for a few minutes.

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Hello cheese. I love you so much. I like to use 2 different versions of cheese for this recipe so I use good ol Velveeta and Monterey Jack. 

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Shred it however you want.  I was lazy so I put it in my food processor.

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Now we want to start to make the cheese sauce so get your butter melted.

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Then add in your flour, dry mustard and pepper.  You’ll want to mix quickly until it’s smooth.

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Then add your water and keep stirring.

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Then your beautiful cheese.  This take a few minutes for it to melt, but  keep stirring.

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Great job, some yummy cheese sauce  there.

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Take your macaroni and broccoli and add to the cheese sauce.

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Perfect! 

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Transfer to a baking dish.

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You can see here it’s still pretty soupy, but this cheese is going to melt beautifully and hold it all together.

Add your bread crumbs and into the oven it goes…

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And out pops out this beautiful dinner after 20 minutes!

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The bread crumbs are just slightly golden brown, just how I like them.

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And see how the cheese all melted together and it’s no longer too wet, instead it’s gooey and cheesy and oh my!

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Serve some up.  You can add some bread on the side if you’d like too.   Who doesn’t like bread on the side? 

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And enjoy this broccoli macaroni and cheese!

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