Introducing a wonderful recipe for Cheesy Baked Pasta with Cauliflower. This is an easy pasta recipe that the whole family, kids included, will love. It’s one of those great hearty foods that is excellent for warming the belly.
1 pound pasta, such as medium shell or tube pasta
1 14-ounce can cherry tomatoes
8 ounces low-moisture whole-milk mozzarella, coarsely grated
4 ounces provolone or other mildly sharp cheese (such as more of the cheddar below), coarsely grated
2 ounces sharp cheddar, coarsely grated
2 ounces Parmesan, grated
1½ cups heavy cream
Freshly ground black pepper
½ head of cauliflower, cut into ½-inch pieces
Room-temperature butter or nonstick cooking oil spray (for pan)
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until about halfway cooked (it needs to be very firm at this stage so that it doesn’t overcook when baked). Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta cooking liquid, and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well.
2. Lightly crush cherry tomatoes with your hands in a large bowl. Add mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, Parmesan, cream, and reserved ½ cup pasta cooking liquid and mix to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add cauliflower and cooked pasta and toss to coat. Butter (or lightly coat) a 3-qt. or 13x9x2″ baking dish with butter. Scrape in pasta mixture and spread out into an even layer. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake pasta until hot throughout and steaming when foil is lifted, 20–25 minutes.
3. Remove foil and increase oven temperature to 425◦. Continue to bake pasta until sauce is bubbling and top is browned and crunchy in spots, 25–30 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.