1 cup (4 ounces) Italian-style panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°. Place cauliflower in a stockpot; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until very tender. Drain; transfer to a large bowl. Mash cauliflower; stir in cheeses, cubed butter and seasonings. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. or 13×9-in. baking dish.
In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs and melted butter until evenly coated; sprinkle over cauliflower mixture. Bake, uncovered, 40-50 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden brown.
Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
3/4 cup equals 238 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 612 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 9 g protein.
2 1/2 Cups milk or half & half (I used unsweetened cashew milk)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon dry mustard powder
pinch cayenne pepper
8 Ounces Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese
Package frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
green food coloring (optional)
1 Pound box pasta, cooked and drained (I used medium shells)
1 head fresh caulflower (steamed**)
Melt butter in a large pan/Dutch oven over medium to low heat. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Simmer, stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes.
Pour in milk. Whisk to combine in order to remove all lumps. Then add salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, cayenne and mustard. Stir to combine. Continue cooking until mixture starts to simmer, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the grated cheese. Stir until melted.
Add the drained spinach and stir. If desired, add a few drops of green food coloring.
Add the drained pasta. Stir until completely coated. Then add the steamed cauliflower. **
**Lisa left the cauliflower in large chunks and waited until the very end to add them so they would stay whole, and so they would look creepier sitting near the top.