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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Recipe

Our cauliflower mac and cheese recipe takes just 30 minutes to turn out a delicious comfort food. Include it in your healthy meal plan to make it more enjoyable.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower mac and cheese, cauliflower mac and cheese recipe, how to make cauliflower mac and cheese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 18 oz cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 oz cheddar shredded
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 480°F.
    preheat the oven
  • Add 18 oz worth of chopped cauliflower to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 7 minutes. Alternatively, you can boil or steam it instead.
    step 2:Microwave (or boil/steam) the cauliflower
  • Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat. Stir together 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, and 3 tbsp all-purpose flour for about 30 seconds.
    step 3: Make the roux
  • Add 1 cup chicken broth gradually and constantly (but gently) stir as you go to incorporate the flour. Add 1/4 cup whole milk and mix everything together. Season it with 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp salt, and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Once it does, turn off the heat and stir in 1 tbsp heavy cream.
    step 4: Add the liquids and seasonings
  • Wait for the cauliflower to finish cooking, then transfer it to a baking dish. Pour in the sauce and give everything a gentle toss to coat.
    step 5: Toss the sauce with the cauliflower in a baking dish
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and 1 oz shredded cheddar on top, and slide the baking dish into the preheated oven to cook for 15 minutes.
    step 6: Top it with cheese and breadcrumbs and bake
  • Sprinkle 2 tbsp chopped parsley on top and serve.
    step 7: Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg