Holly Robinson Peete Makes The First Lady's Cauliflower Mac N' Cheese



  • ½ pound whole-wheat penne / gluten-free penne
  • ¼ head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup 1% or 2% milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil, add the cauliflower, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until soft. Drain. Place the cauliflower in a blender and puree.
  3. In a medium pan over medium heat, place the pasta, the cauliflower puree, the cheeses, and the milk. Stir gently to combine and continue stirring until the cheese is melted.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the mac and cheese and serve immediately.

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