Mac and cheese are a classic combination, we’ve even tried fried mac and cheese, but what do you get if you mix cauliflower, macaroni and cheese? You are going to get a comfort food from heaven. This recipe for vegetarian cauliflower mac and cheese is simply delicious. The cauliflower adds flavor and beneficial nutrients but also adds bulk to the dish without increasing the calories much. Also this is a great way to hide vegetables in a cheese sauce if you have picky eaters. This cauliflower mac and cheese recipe is a must for any moms looking to add more vitamins to their kids’ favorite foods. Looking for more ways to sneak cauliflower into your kids’ diet? Try our wheat free cauliflower pizza crust, parmesan cauliflower mashed potatoes, and bread sticks made from cauliflower.


You can use Cheddar, Gruyere, Pecorino, old Gouda or any kind of hard cheese you like or have in your refrigerator. Did I mention that this dish is almost effortless?



Just grate the cheese, cut cauliflower into florets, cook the pasta and you are almost there.


So even if you are a beginner in the kitchen, with this cauliflower mac and cheese dish you are going to have amazing result and your mac and cheese will be a sure hit! It can be a great side dish or a satisfying meal if it is served with a salad.


Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 8 oz macaroni
  2. 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets (about 1 ½ pound)
  3. 2 tbsp oil
  4. 2 tbsp plain flour
  5. 1 ¾ cups milk
  6. 2 oz cheddar, grated
  7. 2 oz Pecorino cheese, grated
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Add the macaroni to a large pan of boiling water and cook following the instructions on the packaging.
  3. Add the cauliflower florets and chopped cauliflower leaves for the final 5 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan, then stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the milk.
  6. Add the cheese and cook until the sauce boils and thickens stirring constantly then boil 1 minute further.
  7. Drain the macaroni and cauliflower and stir into the cheese sauce.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and bake for 25 minutes or until golden and bubbling.
  9. Serve with your favorite salad.
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