Spicy Mac and Cheese

I started craving homemade macaroni and cheese after watching “Cooking for Real” on the Cooking Channel.

Cayenne pepper and dry mustard looked like tasty additions to Sunny Anderson’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese.
Cruotons for Mac and Cheese!
I also liked cutting up bread for a toasty topping of croutons.

I added some healthy twists thanks to viewer comments on the recipe. I cut out eight ounces of cheese. I used light sour cream and half-and-half. I also swapped out a cup of elbow macaroni for cauliflower.
Spicy Mac and Cheese
The results: a cheesy dinner with a smoky, spicy kick. My hubby liked it and was pleasantly surprised by the cauliflower. He liked how it soaked up the cheese and cream. He also thought I used too much cheese. So, I’ll probably cut out more, next time.

I liked this dish better the next day. I thought the pasta and cauliflower packed more flavor as leftovers.

What are your favorite leftovers?

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