Cavatappi Cauliflower Bake


Cavatappi Cauliflower Bake

Cook Time: 60 MINUTES

Serves: 2 to 4 PEOPLE


  • 1 box Banza Cavatappi
  • 4 oz Fontina Cheese, grated
  • ¾ cup Whole Milk
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 head Cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch Rosemary, de-stemmed & chopped
  • 4 Tbsps Butter
  • ⅓ cup gluten-free All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 475F. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook 5-6 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1½ cups of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and transfer to a large bowl. Wipe out the pot.
  2. While the pasta cooks, in a large, high-sided pan (or pot), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the cauliflower and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add ½ cup of water; cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until the water has cooked off. Add to cooked pasta.
  3. While the vegetables cook, in the pot used to cook the pasta, heat the butter on medium-high until melted. Add the flour and stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Slowly whisk in the milk and reserved pasta cooking water; cook, whisking frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Add ¾ of the Fontina cheese and up to half the rosemary; cook, whisking frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened and thoroughly combined.
  4. Transfer the sauce to the bowl of cooked pasta and vegetables. Toss to thoroughly coat and season with salt and pepper to taste; transfer to a baking dish. Top with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, remaining Fontina and remaining rosemary.
  5. Place the assembled pasta in the oven and bake 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 3 minutes before serving. Enjoy!