BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

Macaroni + Cauliflower + Cheese

  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Cook Time 50 minutes
  • Estimated Cost $10

I've been thinking a lot about moderation lately. It's such an appealing concept, to eschew extremes and live in the middle, in a happy medium, where, like a 2017 Goldilocks, you have just enough (and not too much) of everything. 

In reality though, like everything else, saying you do something "in moderation" is actually much easier than actually putting it into practice, especially when it comes to food. Let's say you want to reduce the amout of sugar you eat and so you decide to make after-dinner treats something you only have in moderation. It's a breeze to say you "eat dessert in moderation" (look at you, you're so in control yet relaxed and fun!), but then friends come over for dinner one night and of course you're gonna serve dessert. But they don't finish it all, so you're left with unfinished ice cream in your freezer or half a cake on your counter. What are you going to do, throw it away? Of course not. So you eat dessert every night for a week because, well, you ought to finish it, right? And once that week is up, it's tempting to just pick up more ice cream and cake the next time you go shopping, because suddenly it's a habit. 

But we also know just completely swearing off dessert isn't the way to go, because as soon as a you make a particular food "bad" you only want it more, and that's not helpful (anyone who has ever vowed not to pick up the phone when someone you desperately want to sleep with but know you shouldn't even talk to calls knows how this feels). What, are you going to arrange your life so you're never in the same room as dessert (or "Don't Pick Up!!!")? Of course not. You just resolve, again, to have less of it.

But for the moments when that's not easy, here's my proposition: instead of completely giving in to unhealthy treats in excess and then starting the whole cycle over the next week, why not modify them a bit so they don't entirely derail your progress, thereby making it easier to stay on track? Take, for example, today's recipe: a traditional mac + cheese that happens to be about 60% roasted cauliflower.

This is not some bullshit low-fat sauce, nor do I deign to suggest that cauliflower is a reasonable substitute for pasta. I would never insult you like that. This contains both a decadent, legit cheese sauce and real macaroni--it's just tempered with a hefty dose of roasted cauliflower. It's not "healthy" per se, but it's a whole lot more so than the regular stuff. Also, because cauliflower contains so much sating fiber, you may find (as I did), that one smallish bowl is all you need.

It's not exactly Easy Mac, but it's not much harder. Start with cauliflower cut into smallish florets--ones about the same size as the pasta you're using. Toss them with olive oil and a touch of salt (be careful with the salt in this recipe, as each element gets salted individually and the cheese is salty--taste as you go.

While it roasts, cook a little pasta in salted boiling water and make a classic cheese sauce.

Fold the cooked cauliflower and pasta into the cheese sauce and add just a little bit of this recipes secret ingredient: the pasta's cooking water. 

Scrape it into a baking dish and pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes.

A touch of parsley and some chili flakes are all it needs.

The most delicious way to honor your cravings and your resolve at the same time.


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cored and cut into small florets $2
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pantry
  • salt and pepper Pantry
  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni or other small cut pasta (like penne or rotini) $2 for 16 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter $1 for stick
  • 1 tablespoon flour Pantry
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (preferably whole) $1.50 for a pint
  • 5 ounces medium or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded $3.50 for 8 ounces
  • chili flakes and chopped parsley, to garnish optional


Recipe Serves 2-3


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
  3. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes until tender and browned in spots. Once the cauliflower has cooked, remove it from the oven but leave the oven on.
  4. While the cauliflower roasts, cook the macaroni in salted boiling water according to package directions. 
  5. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  6. Make a roux by melting the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat and whisking in the flour. 
  7. Let cook whisking constantly for about a minute.
  8. Whisk in the milk, stirring continuously until the sauce begins to thicken.
  9. Whisk in the cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue whisking until the cheese is completely melted and cook for another 2-3 minutes. The sauce should be very creamy.
  10. Fold the cooked cauliflower, cooked pasta into the cheese sauce. 
  11. Stir in the reserved cooking water until completely incorporated.
  12. Scrape the mixture into a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly and browned on top.
  13. Serve hot, garnished with chili flakes and parsley if desired.

Leave a Comment

Textile help (For formatting your comment)

What They're Saying

Isajain, on Mar 2, 11:10 PM, wrote:

Isajain a high profile real Pune Model offering VIP Model Service 24/7. So don’t be late visit the website today

laundry delivery service Dubai, on Mar 5, 01:51 AM, wrote:

Finding the Dry Cleaning Company in Dubai is very easy and when looking for the top companies in Dubai to do your dry cleaning then you should find it a piece of cake. Bnk Bubbles is one of the best companies in Dubai.

malinisinha, on Mar 12, 09:07 AM, wrote:

A Thane call girl can fill the void created by your spouse and she won’t know it. Not having sex can be a harrowing experience especially you are engaged to be married soon and your partner is unwilling to go the distance as it is taboo in the society. No worry, you can call on the services of Thane Escorts and learn everything about sex and preferences with a call girl who is much experienced in these matters

Mumbai Escorts or Call Girls, on Mar 18, 11:29 AM, wrote:

<a href=>Naroda Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Odhav Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Vastral Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Ashram Road Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Paldi Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Navrangpura Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Satellite Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>SG Highway Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Gandhinagar Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Anand Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Morbi Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Nadiad Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Chandlodiya Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Ambli Call Girl</a> ✔✔ <a href=>Adalaj Call Girl</a>

Nisha kapoor, on Apr 5, 12:17 PM, wrote:

A Aerocity call girl can fill the void created by your spouse and she won’t know it. Not having sex can be a harrowing experience especially you .o worry, you can call on the services of Aerocity Escorts and learn everything about sex and preferences with a call girl who is much experienced in these matters.

دانلود آهنگ شاد, on Apr 10, 05:08 PM, wrote:

I love you

Packers and Movers in Raigarh, on Apr 20, 08:27 PM, wrote:

<a href=“”>Packers And Movers In Raigarh</a> provides amazing skills in the organization moving field. Just like household relocation needs specific research of the products and appropriate packaging features, in the same way, business going also needs a specific review of the workplace that needs to move from one place to another. We are specific in carrying accept Non Secure Goods to universal locations. Our Products range from Company to worldwide transportation. These services are known for timely execution, authenticity, and pliability.

Packers and Movers in Janjgir, on Apr 20, 08:30 PM, wrote:

Siya International Packers And Movers In Janjgir have warehouse facilities that are equipped to handle bulk cargo, including various other requirements. The warehousing location is well selected so that it compliments the subsequent required procedures like loading and unloading. It is very essential that the goods while in transition should properly stay before reaching its required destination. We are having our storage services in various parts of the country, which are well guarded and spacious.

Packers and Movers in Mahasamund, on Apr 20, 08:32 PM, wrote:

Packers and Movers in Mahasamund is a very good household relocation service provider. Our organization is highly appreciated by the clients for offering Domestic Bike Transport Services. Furthermore, the relationship with the cargo carriers, we have been able to provide these services in the most skillful manner. Office Relocation involves shifting of an entire system in an order to a new spot. Everything is packed in an organized manner using suitable packing material.

ps5 release date, on May 7, 02:35 AM, wrote:

This topic is very interesting and I am interested but do not know where to find, thankfully you create this topic, hope everyone will help me

Packers and Movers in Mahasamund, on May 11, 03:05 AM, wrote:

Packers and Movers in Mahasamund the complete process of home relocation to a great range by delivering the best service in India. We provide a highly secure and smooth Door to Door Moving services. We offer packers and movers services all Locations in Mahasamund. Our professionals keep eye on every move. We take care of all your valuable goods while packaging since we have professionals packaging experts.

mobile app development company in delhi, on May 11, 07:56 AM, wrote:

Looking for a mobile app development company in Delhi? Given our need for constant global connectivity, creative mobile app developers are frequently sought-after. We researched hundreds of app development companies in Noida.

먹튀검증, on May 14, 12:31 AM, wrote:

Your article has proven very informative and very useful to me. <a href=“” target=”_blank” title=“먹튀검증”>먹튀검증</a> if you are unable to access due to domain or server problems,

배트맨토토, on May 14, 12:34 AM, wrote:

Outstanding post, keep up with this beneficial perform. <a href=“” target=”_blank” title=“배트맨토토”>배트맨토토</a> we will guarantee your winngings thoroughly

토토사이트, on May 14, 12:38 AM, wrote:

I really appreciate your optimism and I agree with your post and looking forward for more post from you.. <a href=“” target=”_blank” title=“토토사이트”>토토사이트</a> if it is confirmed that it is actially eaten on the toto site

토토, on May 14, 12:42 AM, wrote:

You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. I was exactly searching for. <a href=“” target=”_blank” title=“토토”>토토</a> Please contact the kakai Customer Center immediately if a frying gun occurs

스포츠토토, on May 14, 12:44 AM, wrote:

You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. <a href=“” target=”_blank” title=“스포츠토토”>스포츠토토</a> Contact our company and we will solve it immediately

메이저사이트, on May 14, 12:46 AM, wrote:

It is a great website.. The Design looks very good.. Keep working like that!. <a href=“” target=”_blank” title=“메이저사이트”>메이저사이트</a> we will contact the members of the site individually.

Education Mobile App Developer, on Jun 2, 01:29 AM, wrote:

Thanks for taking the time to discuss and share it with us. I wish more people would read this. We have an expert software developer team with over 12+ years of experience.

Marya Jonus, on Jun 4, 12:04 AM, wrote:

토토사이트, on Jul 2, 01:20 AM, wrote:

Undeniably consider that that you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be at the web the easiest factor to take into accout of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while folks consider concerns that they just don’t recognise about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest as smartly as outlined out the entire thing with no need side effect , folks could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thank you
<a href=“” target=”_blank” title=“토토사이트”>토토사이트</a>, on Jul 8, 03:06 AM, wrote:

This site have various software articles which seems a helpful and useful for you personal, professional software installation.This is the spot where you can get helps for any software installation, usage and cracked., on Jul 8, 03:08 AM, wrote:

This site have various software articles which seems a helpful and useful for you personal, professional software installation.This is the spot where you can get helps for any software installation, usage and cracked.

토토픽프로, on Jul 8, 05:53 AM, wrote:

Thanks for a marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you will be
a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will come back later in life.
I want to encourage continue your great writing, have a nice weekend!
<a href=“” target=”_blank” title=“토토픽프로”>토토픽프로</a>

Garge Door Repair In Red Deer, on Jul 13, 11:04 AM, wrote:

Posts are all wonderful. Thank you for putting a lot of work into it.

Hyderabad Escorts, on Aug 5, 05:21 AM, wrote:

These individuals have been ruling Hyderabad with their interesting, satisfying, and soothing services. If you are going to visit this place, don’t forget to try one of these hotties as they are no less than a key to the door of the heaven of pleasure.

Mumbai Escorts Service, on Aug 9, 02:44 AM, wrote:, on Aug 9, 12:34 PM, wrote:

This site have various software articles which seems a helpful and useful for you personal, professional software installation.This is the spot where you can get helps for any software installation, usage and cracked.

movavi video editor crack, on Sep 20, 12:37 AM, wrote:

hello!,I love your writing so much! proportion we keep up a correspondence extra
about your article on AOL? I need a specialist in this area to unravel my problem.
Maybe that’s you! Looking forward to look you.

Kethy Brown, on Oct 2, 07:07 AM, wrote:

This is wonderfull and tasty i have visited your site and then made this recipe at home and that was yummy thanks.

Jacob Blake, on Oct 5, 12:23 AM, wrote:

I am so impress from this blog. I read this post which you share about the history of reflexology an i get very interesting knowledge from this. Others posts are also very well. Thanks for sharing! Know about Garmin Express.

Anthony Davis, on Oct 27, 12:18 AM, wrote:

Thanks for sharing fabulous information. It’ s my pleasure to read it. I have also bookmarked you for checking out new posts. by services provider. We are available 24/7.

Yanon, on Nov 18, 04:04 AM, wrote:

Are you in need of professional hacking service? contact: CYBERVENOM6@GMAIL.COM His services are 100% safe and 100% guaranteed, they are professionals to satisfy one’s needs in hacking services such as
  • hacking of social networks in general, for example, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Skype
  • Changes and updating of the university school
  • Hack university notes and transcripts
  • Clear criminal record
  • General hacking and database penetration
  • PayPal accounts verified hacking
  • Word Press Blogs hacking
  • Hack all social media accounts
  • Hack all Android, iPhone and Windows Mobile devices
  • raise credit score
  • Western Union MTCN and Moneygram Hack
  • Hacking and deleting videos and CCTV history
  • Hack bank logins, money transfer, credit transfer, clear credit records, credit repair report
  • Increase Facebook, Instagram followers and likes
  • Tracking and recovery of cars, gadgets
  • Court of bank accounts
  • email account hacking
  • Website blocked hacking
  • delete YouTube videos or increase views
  • school transfer and forgery of certificates
  • Recovery of lost files or documents
    *Recovery of money lost to scam brokers or fruad
  • hacking of bank details and credit card hacking
  • Clear fingerprints from all databases and servers on the website
  • bitcoin loading
    and other types of hacking services.
    Reach him at: CYBERVENOM6@GMAIL.COM
    The solution to all your hacking problems is here

Hyderabad Escorts, on Nov 30, 02:46 AM, wrote:

Looking for Hyderabad Escorts?Visit my website today. here you will find High Profile independent Hyderabad Call girls at very lost. we are available 24/7.our Hyderabad Female Escorts are waiting for you to give unlimited sexual pleasure.

mapquest driving directions, on Dec 24, 12:23 AM, wrote:

I am really impressed with the topics you share, I will visit posts from you more often.

바카라사이트, on Jan 15, 05:11 AM, wrote:

It means Prime Minister Tony Blair’s political line and his supporters. Sensational in Japan

App development company in delhi, on Feb 5, 07:09 AM, wrote:

Tekniko Global is an app development company in Delhi. We have core expert for iOS app & Android application development. We provide Custom App development services at reasonable cost.