Gear up for game day with this spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese recipe!
I’m so excited to share one of my favorite recipes that I’ve created lately, Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. If you love spicy food or buffalo-anything, this is a recipe you have to try. It is so dang good, and just looking at these pics has me wondering when I’ll eat it next!
It gets better though! In celebration of football season, I’ve also teamed up with my fave bloggers to bring you football-inspired recipes all season long. We’ve shared our favorite tailgating and team-themed recipes earlier this season, and with football season drawing to a close, it’s time to for the Big Game! We’ve 60 got appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even drinks … so make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for all the recipes!
This recipe was inspired by my love for mac and cheese, as well as a recipe I created last year, Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Blue Cheese. Those spicy veggie bites were sooo good … and I mean, who doesn’t love mac and cheese?
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese sounded like the perfect game day combo to me, and it sure is! This decadent recipe is a dish everyone is going to love.
This Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese has two main components: the cauliflower and the pasta. I recommend starting the spicy buffalo cauliflower first, and once that’s in the oven, get going on the macaroni and cheese. That way, both components of your dish will be ready to assemble at the same time.
My favorite part of this recipe just might be the buffalo sauce. This tangy sauce is pretty addictive stuff and a natural partner for the mild-flavored cauliflower. Given it’s amazing flavor, I’m psyched this sauce is also super simple to prepare, as is the creamy cheese sauce for the pasta.
Once you’ve prepared the individual components, you’ll layer together the mac and cheese, buffalo cauliflower, and a sprinkling of blue cheese. If you’re not a blue cheese fan, feel free to leave it out or serve it on the side. After everything is baked until hot and bubbly, it’s time to eat … my fave part!
Each bite of this spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese recipe is bursting with flavor! The creamy macaroni is the perfect counterpart to the spicy cauliflower, and the blue cheese adds a little flavor kick that I love.
Serve this bold dish for the big game or any time you’re craving something spicy!
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 1 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup Frank's Original Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
- 1/2 tbsp. sriracha sauce
- nonstick spray
- 1 lb. fusilli pasta
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 3 tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- dash cayenne
- 8 oz. shredded medium cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, plus extra for serving
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Cut cauliflower into large florets, then place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Spread cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer; roast in oven for 10 minutes.
- Flip cauliflower and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned on bottom.
- While cauliflower is roasting, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add garlic to butter and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minute), then stir in hot sauce and sriracha. Mix well.
- Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Set aside.
- When cauliflower is finished roasting, place in a large bowl and toss with buffalo sauce.
- Return cauliflower to the baking sheet and roast for an additional 5 - 7 minutes, or until hot and browned. Set aside.
- Reduce oven heat to 425 degrees.
- Coat a large baking dish (such as a 9 x 13-inch pan) with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; cook fusilli until al dente.
- Drain fusilli and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat the milk (in a microwave or small pot) until warm. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the flour, paprika, and cayenne to the butter and cook, stirring constantly, for a couple minutes.
- Slowly add the warm milk, whisking to avoid lumps.
- Cook mixture until thickened (it should coat a spoon), then add the cheese and whisk until smooth.
- Remove from heat and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Stir pasta into cheese sauce.
- Transfer 1/2 of the pasta to the baking dish; top with 1/2 the cauliflower, then 1/2 the blue cheese.
- Repeat layers, then bake at 425 degrees until hot and lightly browned on top, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Serve hot, sprinkled with additional blue cheese, if desired. Enjoy!
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