Cauliflower Bake

Cauliflower-and-Parmesan Pasta Bake

Dig in to this Cauliflower-and-Parmesan Pasta Bake. With smokey bacon and lots of cheese, it’s earned a place on your dinner table. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious entrée, our Cauliflower-and-Parmesan Pasta Bake is a winner.

Total Time: 45 Min(s)

Prep Time: 35 Min(s)

Servings: 6

What You Need

  • 3 cups medium pasta shells
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • 3 cups small cauliflower florets, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tub (5 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned panko bread crumbs


Let’s Make It

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
  3. Meanwhile, cook and stir bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 Tbsp. drippings from skillet. Reserve 1 Tbsp. drippings for later use; return remaining reserved drippings to skillet.
  4. Add cauliflower to skillet; cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Add garlic, flour and pepper; cool and stir 1 min. Stir in milk; cook, stirring frequently, 8 to 10 min. or until thickened. Add 1 cup cheese; cook and stir 1 to 2 min. or until melted. Remove from heat.
  5. Drain pasta. Add to cauliflower mixture along with the bacon; mix lightly. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Combine bread crumbs with reserved bacon drippings and remaining cheese; spoon over pasta mixture.
  7. Bake 10 min. or until cauliflower mixture is heated through and bread crumb topping is golden brown.

Kitchen Tips


Serving Suggestion
Serve with fresh fruit and a tossed green salad to round out the meal.


Special Extra
Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts
servings per container
Serving size

Amount per serving
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 650mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 17g

Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 1.1mg 7%
Potassium 0mg 0%

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.