I used full fat cheese, but everything was pretty much the same. I thought it was bland as well. I do admit that I overcooked the cauliflower, which had been blanched and frozen for several months, so that might have had something to do with it. But as is, not so spectacular.
Cauliflower, Pasta, and Cheese Gratin
MooAtU2 Posted: 03/25/09
Mandivola Posted: 01/03/10
We really like this recipe. I made it tonight with frozen spinach instead of fresh because I had that on-hand. I buy a version that has little moisture from Trader Joe's so I defrost it right in the pan with the cooked onion. Tonight, I added a few bits of peppered bacon and stirred it in to the mix. Don't overcook the cauliflower because it will be soggy when you cook it in the oven. For the sauce, taste it along the way and spice it up before you mix it all together. You might need to add a bit more flavor like smoked paprika or white pepper. This recipe is great because it makes a lot of servings for leftovers or for a larger family and it's a one-pot meal.
EllenDeller Posted: 09/05/09
This wasn't awful, but I would not make it again. Despite my efforts to zip it up with smoked paprika and sauteed red peppers, it remains rather bland. Cauliflower is delicate, and I think the pasta flattens out its otherwise delicious flavor. Might be okay as a side dish with a highly seasoned sausage.
oldruth Posted: 01/03/10
It's snowy & I'm in the country, so I made it with fat-free condensed milk, the cheeses I had in the fridge (a little blue, a little Manchego, some Parmesan) and I used cavatappi pasta. Oh, and panko instead of the homemade crumbs. It was outstanding. I used 1/2 tsp. thyme and generous amounts of mustard, and sauteed a chopped onion with lots of garlic. (No scallions on hand). Served with a roasted beet & tangerine salad--big hit. A good mac & cheese can be made with any good cheese.
mikoprice Posted: 02/01/11
Very time-consuming, but very good.
ehb259 Posted: 01/16/11
This is a good recipe and I probably will make it again, but I will use even less thyme (I used less than 1/2 teaspoon this time and it was still too strong). I also added some Tony Cachere's for a little kick and it was nice.
Barbawana Posted: 05/14/11
Pretty good! Great way to use up my extra cauliflower! Used a little more cheese! Added onion
berquist9 Posted: 01/06/12
This was very good. I agree with previous testers that it was a little bland. Next time around, I would definitely add some more dijon and some hot sauce for zip. I steamed my califlower instead of boiling it, just to avoid some loss of nutrients. The texture was great and my 16-month-old loved it!
mja489 Posted: 03/20/14
I really enjoyed this. My grand daughter had asked me to use some heart shaped pasta she had, so I did. It kind of broke apart and got lost in the dish - made it seem much more of a cauliflower dish than a pasta dish (which I liked- always like cauliflower in cheese sauce as a kid). We served with roaster carrots and chicken sausage. Very kid friendly meal.