Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese


Indulge in a comforting and healthier twist on a classic with our Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese! This dish blends the creamy, cheesy goodness of traditional mac and cheese with the nutritious, tender bites of cauliflower. It's a delicious way to add vegetables to your meal without sacrificing flavor.

Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 generous bowl

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Sodium: 470mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 15g


  • Cauliflower, cut into small florets - 1 large head
  • Elbow macaroni - 1 cup
  • Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded - 1½ cups
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • All-purpose flour - 2 tablespoons
  • Unsalted butter - 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bread crumbs - ½ cup
  • Parmesan cheese, grated - ¼ cup
  • Fresh parsley, chopped - for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook the cauliflower florets in boiling water until just tender, about 5-7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and mix with the cauliflower.
  4. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to make a roux. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar cheese, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  7. Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower and macaroni. Stir to combine.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden and bubbly.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Don't overcook the cauliflower to maintain a good texture.
  • For extra creaminess, you can add a splash of heavy cream to the cheese sauce.
  • Experiment with different cheeses for various flavors.
  • You can add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a slight kick.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this gluten-free?

Yes, use gluten-free flour and pasta.

Can I add other vegetables?

Absolutely, broccoli or peas make great additions.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Your Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a delightful dish that combines comfort with nutrition. It's a perfect choice for those seeking the coziness of mac and cheese with a healthy twist. Enjoy this creamy, cheesy, and veggie-packed meal that's sure to please both kids and adults alike!