Broccoli Bacon Mac and Cheese
- 1 (12-ounce) box whole wheat noodles
- 2 cups broccoli, chopped
- 8 slices turkey bacon, chopped and cooked
For the Cheese Sauce
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 cups milk, skim
- 2 1/2 cups cauliflower, diced
- 1 cup cheese, shredded Sharp Cheddar
For the Topping
- 1/4 cup cheese, sharp Cheddar - shredded
*These values are approximate. Per serving, based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.
Boil a pot of water and cook noodles according to instructions. Steam broccoli until fairly soft, set aside. Steam cauliflower for the cheese sauce until very soft. In blender, blend cauliflower with 1 cup of milk until smooth.
Cook bacon in microwave or on stove until crispy. On medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the cauliflower sauce mixture and the rest of the milk and continue to cook on medium-low heat until thickened. Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until melted.
Pour cheese sauce over noodles. Add broccoli and stir to combine. Transfer to a baking dish and top with additional Cheddar cheese and cooked bacon.
Place under broiler and broil for about 5 minutes until cheese is melted.