Creamy Cauliflower ‘Mac’ and Cheese with Bacon

Ingredients

1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets
Vegetable oil spray
1 cup heavy cream

4 strips bacon, cut in to pieces
2 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar, plus 1/2 cup for topping the casserole
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with salt.

Cook the cauliflower in the boiling water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and transfer the cauliflower to the baking dish and set aside.

Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, and whisk in the cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese, bacon, salt, pepper and garlic and whisk just until the cheese melts, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, pour over the cauliflower, and stir to combine. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake until browned and bubbly hot, about 15 minutes. Serve.

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