I adapted this recipe from my mac and cheese dish when my husband went on a low-carb diet.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a Dutch oven or baking dish.

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  • 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 slightly tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove cauliflower and cool until easily handled. Break cauliflower into bite-size pieces.

  • Layer cauliflower, onion, mozzarella cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and Gouda cheese in the Dutch oven; season with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Pour milk over cheese layer. Cover Dutch oven.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove cover and stir mixture. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top. Continue baking until top is browned, 20 to 30 minutes more. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Fontina cheese can be used in place of the gouda cheese, if desired.

By using grated cheese instead of creating a cheese sauce, you get thick strings of gooey cheese as you eat (sort of like pizza). Some of the cheese will become sauce with the milk. If you like more of a sauce, double the milk or cream and stir every 20 minutes.

Cream can be used in place of the milk, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 17.6g 35% DV; carbohydrates 16.8g 5% DV; fat 14.2g 22% DV; cholesterol 49.2mg 16% DV; sodium 478.5mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2019
TEN STARS! I could have eaten half of this in one sitting. I accidentally forgot the milk so I didn't do the bread crumbs. It was gooey cheesy delicious cauliflower. I used two bags of frozen cauliflower and microwaved them together for about 8 minutes to get it warmed. I didn't do the onions and I didn't miss them. I want to make this every week! Update: I don t know what I did wrong the second time but it s not very good. I substituted cheddar for the Monterey Jack that s all I can think of. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/04/2017
Only reason I'm giving 2 stars is the milk. I WISH I would have forgotten like the other review. Soooo watery. Cut back or just cut out. Or just make the cheese sauce separate and pour over cooked cauliflower. Read More
(3)
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2019
TEN STARS! I could have eaten half of this in one sitting. I accidentally forgot the milk so I didn't do the bread crumbs. It was gooey cheesy delicious cauliflower. I used two bags of frozen cauliflower and microwaved them together for about 8 minutes to get it warmed. I didn't do the onions and I didn't miss them. I want to make this every week! Update: I don t know what I did wrong the second time but it s not very good. I substituted cheddar for the Monterey Jack that s all I can think of. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2017
Based on one of the previous reviews I did not add milk (which adds carbs). I used only aged cheddar and included some diced leftover ham. My husband thought it was great. I will definitely make this again. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2016
Made as written and this turned out pretty good. I actually preferred the cauliflower over a noodle. It did get a little watery on me so next time I will make sure and squeeze the excess moisture out of the cauliflower. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/04/2017
Only reason I'm giving 2 stars is the milk. I WISH I would have forgotten like the other review. Soooo watery. Cut back or just cut out. Or just make the cheese sauce separate and pour over cooked cauliflower. Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
05/29/2017
Very disappointed with this recipe. It turned out watery and the cheese congealed. I will definitely make a cheese sauce next time. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/21/2020
It was cauliflower and herbs and cheese. not mac-ish in the least for me. Watery. Thanks but no for this household. Just make cauliflower and cheese and stop trying to make it into something it will NEVER be! Read More
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