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Cheesy Cauliflower with Peas Recipe

I couldn't "sell" cauliflower to my daughters until I came up with this saucy casserole. Then they requested it. It appeals to kids' tastes, even with vegetables they don't usually eat.—Barbara Jaggers, Colorado Springs, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), broken into florets
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

  • 1. In a covered saucepan, cook cauliflower in a small amount of water until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Drain the cauliflower. Add peas, mushrooms, 1 cup of cheese and cauliflower to the milk mixture; stir gently. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 174 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 388 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.