cheesy cauliflower and farro bake

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Cheesy Cauliflower and Farro Bake

cauliflower and farro bake

Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies. Whenever there is a veggie tray around, I always gravitate to those sweet, crunchy little trees of yumminess. Raw cauliflower is even one of my favorite road trip snacks. I tend to be a boredom snacker, and big bags of raw veggies (specifically raw cauliflower) are a great way to munch on the road without eating thousands of calories worth of junk. In fact, I think I probably ate a whole head of cauliflower by myself on our drive down to Florida last year. Yum!

cauliflower and farro bake

This dish is one of my favorite ways to use my favorite veggie! If you’re craving macaroni and cheese, but aren’t 100% ready to dive headfirst into a bucket of refined carbs, this casserole is a great substitute. Chewy, hearty, whole grain farro is mixed with tender cauliflower florets and then smothered in a gooey cheese sauce made with skim milk. The whole casserole is sprinkled with breadcrumbs and then baked until bubbly, browned and insanely delicious.

cauliflower and farro bake

You could serve this as a great side dish for Sunday dinner (or supper, if you prefer) or, if you’re really craving some comfort food, pile a big heap of this into a bowl, crawl up on the couch infront of your favorite movie and enjoy it as a main dish.

cauliflower and farro bake

If you’re not into cauliflower (gasp! shock! awe! horror!), you can easily use the cheese sauce in this recipe for any kind of veggie yumminess. It’d be delicious over broccoli, and this is also the cheese sauce I use when I make scalloped potatoes. Yum!

Enjoy!

Cheesy Cauliflower and Farro Bake

Cheesy Cauliflower and Farro Bake

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

If you're not into cauliflower (gasp! shock! awe! horror!), you can easily use the cheese sauce in this recipe for any kind of veggie yumminess. It'd be delicious over broccoli, and this is also the cheese sauce I use when I make scalloped potatoes. Yum!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly-shredded fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly-shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the broth and farro over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the farro is tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot full of water to a boil, add cauliflower florets and cook until fork tender, but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. While the farro and cauliflower are cooking, in a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in flour and continue to whisk constantly for 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the skim milk while whisking. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the cheeses, salt and pepper.
  5. To assemble casserole stir together farro, cauliflower and cheese sauce until everything is well-coated. Pour into a casserole dish and then sprinkle top with breadcrumbs. Cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, removing the foil during the last 10 minutes to brown the breadcrumbs.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 929mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 7gSugar: 14gProtein: 24g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

What’s your absolute favorite veggie?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. YUM! And I hate to say it again, but the fact that I can’t make the “pin” feature work on your posts is driving me crazy – I want to pin everything you make!!

    1. Cassie

      I’ve been trying to figure out what is going on with that, but I can’t replicate the problem for the life of me. Pinning works fine in every browser and on both the Mac and Windows machines I’ve tried! It’s hard to diagnose a problem when you can’t see it/interact with it. Sorry!

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