Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese - Low carb, keto, creamy, cheesy decadence! You don't need the pasta!

Cauliflower mac and cheese may not be the healthiest way to eat cauliflower but it certainly is worth the risk. Creamy, cheesy and indulgent. Even the pickiest kid will like this dish. And the reluctant adult (my husband) will request low carb cauliflower mac and cheese on a regular basis.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese - Low carb, keto, creamy, cheesy and decadent! You don't need the pasta!

Chop the cauliflower into bite size pieces, boil them in a large pot for about 5 minutes. Drain very well, place back into the hot pot. This will help dry up some of the moisture remaining. Place the cauliflower in a baking dish.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese - Low carb, keto, creamy, cheesy and decadent! You don't need the pasta!

Make the sauce, pour evenly over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese - Low carb, keto, creamy, cheesy and decadent! You don't need the pasta!

Let cool about 5 to 10 minutes.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese - Low carb, keto, creamy, cheesy and decadent! You don't need the pasta!

 

Serve and enjoy! Easy cauliflower mac and cheese without the mac.

 

 

4.8 from 9 reviews
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
 
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Creamy, cheesy and indulgent low carb cauliflower mac and cheese.
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided (reserve ½ cup for topping)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with salt.
  3. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  4. Cook the cauliflower in the boiling water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and place back into the hot pot for a few minutes. Transfer the cauliflower to the baking dish and set aside.
  5. Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, and whisk in the cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Stir in 1½ cups of the cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic and whisk just until the cheese melts about 1 to 2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove from heat, pour over the cauliflower, and stir to combine.
  7. Top with the remaining ½ cup cheese and bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool about 5 minutes then serve.
Notes
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 263
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.9g 27%
Saturated Fat 12.6g 63%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 530mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 13.1g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5.4g 19%
Total Sugars 5.1g
Protein 9.5g
Vitamin D 16mcg 78%
Calcium 179mg 14%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 682mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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Comments

  1. Reply

    We really enjoyed this meal -super easy and we forgot the dijon but had added green chile-walaa! Thank you for this easy low carb vegetable dish!

    1. Reply

      Oh, green chilies sound great in this dish! Thank you for dropping by, Susan!

  2. Reply

    This was really good! My stubborn daughter who doesn’t like to try new things, loved it! I was out of cream cheese so I used sour cream instead. Also added in some broccoli!

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the recipe! Thank you so much for coming by and telling me. I’m going to have to try adding in broccoli. Thanks, Amanda!

  3. Reply

    what is the Carb count on this recipe per serving?

    1. Reply

      I’m sorry but I am not able to put nutritional calculations on the posts yet. We are looking into this option. You could search for one and input the ingredients.

    1. Reply

      My family loves this recipe. It’s absolutely delicious and fool proof. Perfect side dish!

      1. Reply

        So glad to hear that you and your family liked it! Thanks so much.

        1. Reply

          Has anyone used frozen cauliflower?

  4. Reply

    So, so very good. I will be making this a lot!

    1. Reply

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Misty! Thank you so much for coming by and letting us know.

  5. Reply

    Has anyone tried making this in a cast iron skillet?

  6. Reply

    Coming from a family that loves pasta, we were skeptical, but definitely a great substitute for “regular mac and cheese’. The only thing we did different was cut out the dijon mustard and use Great Midwest 3-Alarm cheese.

    1. Reply

      We are so glad you all enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for coming by to let us know! The mustard is not as strong as you would think and adds a really nice level of flavor.

  7. Reply

    […] and cheese fans out there that want a low-carb cheesy alternative to the tried-and-true original, cauliflower mac and cheese is still indulgent, as it avoids the “mac” but still goes heavy on the cheese. At least you can […]

  8. Reply

    Making it again tonite! We love it!!!! Made it now several times 🙂 better then Mack and cheese 🙂

    1. Reply

      Mary, we are so happy to hear this!!! Thank you so much for coming by to tell us. 🙂

  9. Reply

    I made this dish tonight; I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out wonderful. Will definitely make again.

    1. Reply

      We are so happy you enjoyed the recipe, Tina!!! Thank you so much for dropping by.

  10. Reply

    I don’t have sharp cheddar. Do you think Colby Jack or swiss will work?

    1. Reply

      Colby will work but it won’t have a strong cheddar taste. Thank you for coming by!

  11. Reply

    This was great! We added cooked chicken to it and the family loved it!!

    1. Reply

      We are so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for coming by, Heather!

  12. Reply

    I have never tried Cauliflower, so my question is, does it have a very powerful taste like broccoli( I love broccoli by the way)? I’m really interested in trying all these Cauliflower recipes…starting with this one!

    1. Reply

      WHAT??!! Diane, I would say cauliflower is not quite as strong as broccoli. Go for it! Cauliflower is great as a low carb option. Not just this mac and cheese but we love it mashed like potatoes too. I hope you try it and if you do please come back and let us know what you think.

  13. Reply

    SoooooooGOOD!!! Rich, Creamy, Indulgent 😊. You can eat this by itself… So Filling. Thank you. I’m very picky and voila… this works!

    1. Reply

      Chyna, we are so happy you enjoyed the recipe!! Thank you so much for coming by.

  14. Reply

    Those a delicious!!! Went way too fast. I put franks red hot on it and was freaking amazing!!! Could do the buffalo flavor too! Do we have to guess the macros?

    1. Reply

      Yikes Meant ‘this was delicious!’

    2. Reply

      Lauren, we are working on updating all recipes with nutritional info. We are so happy you enjoyed the recipe and thank you so much for coming by to tell us!

  15. Reply

    OMG- I am just starting a keto diet and wanted something that would satisfy a carb-oholic craving like mac and cheese. THIS DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I have never been a huge cauliflower fan but this is amazing. Don’t even miss the noodles. I never write reviews, but this is going to be a staple in my new lifestyle. THANK YOU!

    1. Reply

      Emily, we are thrilled you like the recipe! Good luck with the new keto life, it can be challenging. Thank you so much for coming by to tell us.

  16. Reply

    I just recently started the Keto WOE and was looking for something quick and easy that would satisfy everyone in the family. This fit the bill perfectly! I used 32 ozs. of frozen cauliflower florets and mild cheddar since hubby doesn’t care for sharp cheddar. I put it in an 8×11 baking dish, finished it under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese was golden and bubbly and served it with crumbled bacon on top (so good). Hubby and daughter went back for seconds. I wanted seconds but was too full after the first serving. It’s very filling but oh, so delicious! The best part….I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow….YAY!! Will be making this often!

    1. Reply

      Suzette, we are so happy to hear your whole family enjoyed the dish! Thank you for coming by to tell us!!! 🙂

  17. Reply

    Do you have the nutritional facts?

    1. Reply

      Hi Jennifer! I just updated the recipe to include nutritional facts. Thank you so much for coming by!

  18. Reply

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