This isn’t the first time I’ve posted this recipe, but it is so worth sharing again! Plus, I added a few UPGRADES!

So someone made a comment on the original recipe (find that blog post here: that I shouldn’t be feeding my kid noodles like that. I didn’t approve the comment. SO I took that as a challenge and completely upgraded the recipe to be mostly plant based.

Here is the original recipe but my upgrades are written in bold.


  • 8 ounces uncooked medium shell shaped pasta (about 3 cups)
    • I used Bonza Chickpea noodles – two boxes – less carbs more protein and I found them at Walmart
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Creamy Cauliflower Cooking Soup
    • I used 3 cans to make it extra creamy the cauliflower soup has been so hard to find since the pandemic but Fareway and Walmart are always my best bet.
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded 2% milk Cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat (2%) milk
    • I used SOY milk instead to go along with the plant based trend
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Garlic Salt to Taste
  • 2 cups chopped thawed frozen broccoli florets



Cook and drain the pasta according to the package directions.  While the pasta is cooking, heat the oven to 400°F.


Stir the soup, cheese, milk and black pepper in a 2-quart casserole.  Add the pasta and broccoli and chopped ring bologna, stir to coat. I used my NINJA BLENDER to make the cheese sauce – I cannot recommend this blender enough! I use it to process everything – including making the creamiest cheese sauce!


Bake for 20 minutes or until the mixture is hot. I added cheese on top. Serve hot.

I loved it. Craig’s taste buds aren’t as adjusted to whole plant based foods as mine are, he felt like the noodles tasted like whole grain noodles but still enjoyed the dish! I snarfed some down on the way to work.

Again, if you don’t have a ninja blender in your life, I highly highly highly recommend mine – even if you aren’t a shake or smoothie person, it’s always on my counter and I use it all the time for recipes like this. Here is an amazon link if you’re interested! Obviously I’m not the only one who loves it, check out those 5 star reviews!

Have you tried this recipe before? Do you love it?

If you ever purchase any amazon products from MY link, I do get commission. If you buy, let’s just say, $150 worth of other stuff while you’re on Amazon by following my link, I also get commission on those things you purchase. It’s a way to support my blog and it is a way to score some great quality products. I just want to be honest with you guys. I would have raved about this product even if I didn’t make any money off of it.



  1. Helen A
    December 3, 2020 / 11:39 am

    That looks delicious. I’ll have to give that recipe a try. Also, not sure what’s wrong with noodles??? Boy that person who made that comment would likely have a lot to say at my house. Sheesh. From what I can see you’re feeding your kids a wide variety of foods, they’re happy, and are very well cared for. You’re doing a great job!

    When I buy products on Amazon I try to do it from an Amazon link from your moms’ blog on the Jo Recommends link on her page. I remember her saying that even if you don’t buy one of her products but you use the link she’ll still get something. I wanted to do that on your blog too but I can’t typically find a link at the time I’m buying something. I did find a link on your page entitled Kalissa Recommends but when I click on it it says “nothing found”. Is there another spot that has access to the link if it’s not in the most recent blog post?

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