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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Rated as 4.55 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe is so easy and healthy. I love mashed potatoes, and when I started the South Beach Diet® and couldn't have them, I had to find an alternative. This is an awesome alternative, and people who hate vegetables love it. I do recommend using a large food processor for this recipe."
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25 m servings 98
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Transfer half the cauliflower to a food processor; cover and blend on high. Add remaining cauliflower florets, one at a time, until vegetables are creamy. Blend in garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, and black pepper.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 98 calories; 5.7 8.4 5.2 7 372 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

I've tried many variations of mashed cauliflower and while I've enjoyed them all, all were not as "fluffy" as I would like, and in fact leaned toward the "porridge-like" side - until now. Steam...

Most helpful critical review

This is a good base recipe, but as is it is very bland. I used 4 tbs cream cheese and 1 cup parmesan. I got 6 good-sized servings.

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I've tried many variations of mashed cauliflower and while I've enjoyed them all, all were not as "fluffy" as I would like, and in fact leaned toward the "porridge-like" side - until now. Steam...

I absolutely HATE cauliflower! What possessed me to try this recipe I have no idea, but I am glad I did! Creamy and delicious and definitely not overpowering on the cauliflower flavor. A fe...

From a healthy standpoint this recipe is great. It is low carb, has fiber, low fat, and low calories. To top, it is super easy to make. The garlic flavor is prominent, so you must like garlic. I...

I love cauli, so I knew I would like this recipe. However, please try next time to roast the cauli first; sprinkle evoo, garlic salt/pepper on 400d til it turns brown/crispy...then mash it and ...

Oh. My. Goodness. This is unbelievable! I have tried mashed cauliflower before and it was terrible. I don't know if this is so good because of steaming it or using the food processor instead of ...

This is a great variation to use cauliflower. I grow my own and have been looking for some tasty recopies. I did modify the recipe slightly by topping with butter which melted on the top. Additi...

Delicious. I used my immersion blender to puree. I added a bit more fresh herbs (right in the steamer) and used non dairy cream cheese as well as Parm cheese. I am going to stock up on caulif...

A hint for those who found it to be too runny. Try cooking the cauliflower less, so that it is still a little firm rather than mushy. Also, fresh cauliflower, trimmed then soaked in cold water ...

This is another good healthy recipe that I found under the MyPlate recipes collection that I really enjoyed. I have tried cauliflower a couple times in my life and I could not stand it. But I ...