I rarely see a recipe anymore that does not need tweaking. Also, add a little oil and some salt to the pasta water before cooking the pasta and you will avoid stuck together pasta. Add Parmesan cheese, ground pepper and Guyere cheese to the white sauce. Tasty dishes do not need hot sauce. Not every recipe needs hot sauce or garlic. If it is *not* good without these things then the recipe needs to be rethought. I like the idea of fresh sauted mushrooms and peas. I rarely have cauliflower on hand but I usually have peas. Some sauted, diced red bell for color would be nice too. I might add a bit of chicken broth to the remaining pasta water to add a little flavor too. I use Better Than Bouillon chicken broth paste (no MSG).
Rating: 4 stars
I think this is a good base recipe, but it needs a little bit more. I added some freshly grated swiss cheese and some sauteed mushrooms and it really perked this dish up and was delicious! I have also made this with peas in place of the cauliflower and added some freshly grated colby/jack cheese. Yum either way!
My husband and I loved the casserole. I made it with almond milk and it was still great. I had some noodles that stuck together but it didn't affect the flavor. It made a huge casserole.
Rating: 3 stars
A bit on the bland side. The overall taste was good, there just wasn't much depth of flavor. The sauce was pretty dry, even after I added almost a full cup of pasta water. If I make this again, I'll probably add a bit more milk/water, some minced garlic to the onion/celery sauté -- and maybe some English peas to the veggie mix. I'll probably add a few more dashes of hot sauce, too. Breadcrumbs will also be added to the top for crunch.