Cauliflower Cheese


A classic heartwarming English dish served as a side for 4 or main with potatoes or bread for 2.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 servings


  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ⅔ cups milk

  • 3 ½ ounces grated sharp Cheddar cheese

  • salt and ground white pepper to taste


  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 the saucepan with a lid and steam cauliflower until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter; cook, stirring constantly until raw flour taste cooks off and mixture darkens, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Gradually whisk milk into butter mixture; cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about 8 minutes. Remove pot from heat; stir in Cheddar cheese. Season sauce with salt and white pepper.

  4. Stir steamed cauliflower into cheese sauce; season with salt and white pepper.

Cook's Note:

For a richer dish, replace 2 tablespoons of the milk with heavy whipping cream. Breadcrumbs mixed with more grated cheese put on top of the dish and grilled until crispy makes this more of a treat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

634 Calories
44g Fat
37g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 634
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 28g 139%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 719mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 134mg 669%
Calcium 668mg 51%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 1248mg 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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