Cauliflower florets add a healthy punch to this one-pot dinner flavored with crispy bacon and a velvety two-cheese sauce.

Annie Peterson
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Brie Passano

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
10 mins
stand:
5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a 5- to 6-qt. pot cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, leaving about 2 Tbsp. drippings in the pot.

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  • Add cauliflower to pot. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic; cook I minute more. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  • In same pot cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water 5 minutes. Drain. Rinse and drain again. Return pasta and cauliflower to pot and stir in the next five ingredients (through cheddar cheese). Bring to boiling over medium; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 7 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring frequently.

  • Stir in the bacon (if desired, reserve some bacon for topping), parsley, salt, and pepper. Cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

450 calories; total fat 24g; saturated fat 13g; polyunsaturated fat 2g; monounsaturated fat 7g; cholesterol 67mg; sodium 797mg; potassium 597mg; carbohydrates 38g; fiber 3g; sugar 6g; protein 20g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 712IU; vitamin c 52mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 5mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 159mcg; vitamin b12 1mcg; calcium 308mg; iron 2mg.
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