Satisfy your mac and cheese cravings with this no-pasta version — a simple 30-minute recipe for roasted cauliflower florets tossed in a rich and thick cheese sauce.
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (Note 3)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 ounces cream cheese, chopped (Note 4)
- 2 teaspoons
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/2 teaspoon
- 1/4 teaspoon
- Roast Cauliflower: Preheat oven to 400 F. If any cauliflower florets are larger than 2 inches, cut into smaller pieces. Toss florets with olive oil on foil-lined baking sheet until well-coated, then spread out florets in single layer. Bake at 400 F until tender, 15 to 20 minutes (Note 5). While baking, proceed to next step to prepare sauce.
- Make Sauce: Whisk all sauce ingredients together in small saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes, reducing heat as needed so that sauce isn't hot enough to simmer. Once combined, keep warm over low heat while waiting for cauliflower to bake.
- Serve: Toss roasted cauliflower with sauce in mixing bowl until well-coated. Serve (Note 6), and evenly sprinkle parmesan cheese and black pepper on top.
|Makes 4 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving:|
|Calories 350 (80% from fat)|
|Total Fat 31g||47%|
|Saturated Fat 16g||78%|
|Net Carb 4g|
|Total Carb 7g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
We had a family gathering. I made Mac & Cheese for everyone and I made this for me. Well, the family left me one tablespoon of this recipe and almost all of the Mac & Cheese was left. Thank you for a great side dish that everyone enjoyed.
This. Is. So. Good! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I’m new to Keto & this is going to make it much easier. Yum!!!
This turned out really well, overall. The flavorings were too strong for my household, so in future, I’ll probably use half or a third of the mustard, slightly less than half of the cayenne, and half of the garlic and salt, and add in about a tablespoon of butter to replace the mustard to help with emulsification.
Made this for supper tonight as a side dish for Pork Loin Chops. The family loved it! Great substitution for Mac & Cheese. Will definitely make it again and again.
This recipe was amazing! I also added 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika to the sauce. Next time I will cut the salt in half and make that 1/4 tsp also. The amount of sauce was more than enough for a large head of cauliflower (which was 2 lbs on the grocery receipt). I also cooked in the oven (separate from cauliflower, on cooling rack) one piece of good quality bacon, and crumbled that on the top before serving.
This was delicious!!! I did roast the cauliflower with Old Bay seasoning vs adding paprika into the sauce, but it worked out beautifully! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
I pan-fried frozen broccoli (didn’t have cauliflower) and used sour cream in place of the cream cheese. It was probably a little runnier with the sour cream, but it was SO GOOD. We loved it. Nice, flexible, fast recipe. Thank you!
This is the best cauliflower recipe I had ever found and low carb! after I made this, I sure the extra cauliflower! I’m always gonna bake them from now on! More tastier than boiled! The cheese is very good on this cauliflower! My family don’t like the cayenne seasoning, didn’t have the garlic powder, so I used Mrs. Dash seasoning. The very little of the left over tasted great!
Made it tonight. It’s BETTER than boxed mac n cheese….for sure. I added way more cheese & subbed out smoked paprika for the cayenne. Loved the garlic flavor.
Thank u for the recipe!!
I ended up roasting my cauliflower about 25 minutes.. Whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing.
Excellent recipe! I made the sauce with cream cheese and shredded cheese as noted, but then used unsweetened almond milk and a splash of regular milk, and then paprika instead of the other spices. Tasted great this way too and had the desired orangish color!
Absolutely DELICIOUS!! I had to double the sauce recipe because my cauliflower head was a bit too large for this, which worked out great. I also only used about 1tsp of dijon mustard myself. I baked the entire thing in the oven for an additional ten minutes to crips up the edges and it was wonderful. Very tangy and delicious!
Trying to stay on a Keto/low carb diets. This was a great addition to my recipes!
I keep coming back to this recipe for Mac n cheese and it’s wonderful. I really like the little bit of heat and the zing of the mustard. Thank you so much for this!
I’m keto, family isn’t. Can I make this using elbow pasta?
Yes, that should be fine. Cook the elbow pasta according to package instructions, then toss with the sauce to coat.
I’ve made this a dozen times with different cheeses and they were all great.
Can you do this with frozen cauliflower?
Could this be done in an instant pot / ninja foodi with air crisper?
Maybe. I really like the roasted flavor that comes from baking cauliflower, so steaming them in a high-pressure environment won’t be the same. Also, the cheese sauce is very thick and comes together quickly on the stovetop, and it would be more time-consuming to make in the Instant Pot because you would need to add a lot of liquid to help pressurize the pot.
This is delicious! Obviously a vegetable can’t replace pasta and not taste like a vegetable. It tastes like cauliflower covered in a delicious cheese sauce. It’s a great alternative for Mac & Cheese if your trying to eat healthy. It definitely satisfies my Mac & Cheese cravings!
Sooo good! And very easy to make too. I like the like cayenne kick 😉 thanks for the recipe
I’ve made this recipe several times and played with different infused oils. My favorite so far is the truffle infused olive oil.
Yum! I added a tablespoon of swerve, but next time I’ll probably cut the swerve and cayenne in half. But it’s still very delicious!
Are you referring to Swerve, the sweetener?
How many blocks of cream cheese is 2 ounces?
If you’re using 8oz bricks (it should say on your product’s packaging), then 2oz is one-quarter of a brick.
This was sooooo delicious! Thank you for this fantastic recipe! It really hit to spot! I followed another commentor’s suggestion and added smoked paprika which was delicious. Thanks!
to say this is Great is an understatement!
Try grabbing the Birds Eye SteamFresh Ranch Cauliflower. Soooo good. While a sauce like this is great, when it’s been a crazy day I just zap the cauliflower, sprinkle some cheese and microwave 30 seconds more to melt the cheese a bit more. 6 minutes to a great comfort meal!