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What's For Dinner? Southern Mac & Cheese
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What's For Dinner? Southern Mac & Cheese

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One bite is just like a taste of the South. Well, at least to this California girl.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

1/4 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
3 strips bacon, chopped
1 tsp butter
salt & pepper
1 bunch collard greens, cleaned and chopped (about 4 cups)
4-6 oz whole wheat macaroni pasta
1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp onion powder
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp corn starch
3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar
3 tbsp pimentos, chopped
2 tbsp almond meal
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

1. Bring a pot filled with about 2 cups of water to a boil. Add cauliflower, reduce heat to medium, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork tender. Strain and let cool.

2. Over medium heat, place bacon pieces in a pot or large sautee pan and cook until rendered and crispy. Add butter, greens, and a pinch of salt and pepper, the toss to coat greens in butter and bacon grease. Cover and cook over medium-low head until wilted and tender.

3. Fill a large stock pot with about 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cook pasta to package directions, then strain and put aside.

4. Place the cauliflower in a blender or food processor with milk and corn starch. Process until completely smooth.

5. In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add oil and garlic and sautee for about 2 minutes. Stir in oregano, paprika, and onion powder. Add in cauliflower mixture and cheese and stir until cheese is completely melted. Stir in pimentos. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6. In the empty large stock pot, add in strained pasta, collard greens, and cheese sauce. Stir until pasta is completely coated. Transfer into a 8x8 square baking dish or cast iron skillet.

7. In a small bowl, mix together almond meal, Parmesan, olive oil, paprika, and pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the top of the mac and cheese.

8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Remove and let cool for 2 minutes before serving.

See more great recipes from Lindsey at her blog, Follow the Ruels!

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