This is an easy recipe for cauliflower cheese but it's pretty versatile. You can use the cheese sauce with any vegetables you have handy. I often put a layer of cooked kale or broccoli on the bottom, then arrange the cooked cauliflower florets on top. You can change the flavor of the sauce by adding different cheeses you might have in your fridge. It takes a bit of elbow work to make the sauce but it's worth it. This is delicious served with roast beef or lamb.

Ita
prep:
10 mins
cook:
38 mins
total:
48 mins
Servings:
6
Max Servings:
6
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

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  • Place cauliflower in a large pot and pour in enough water to cover; bring to a boil and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a baking dish.

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add flour and mix using a whisk or wooden spoon until smooth and mixture pulls away from the side of the saucepan, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in milk, a little at a time, and whisk continuously until sauce is thickened but still pourable, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Stir Parmesan cheese into sauce until melted; season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over all of the cauliflower. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If the mixture is too thick, you can thin it down with some chicken stock.

Place in the roasting oven on the grid shelf. If oven is hot, it will take 20 to 25 minutes to brown on top. Can easily be cooked while you are resting or carving a roast.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; 10.99 g protein; 13.12 g carbohydrates; 14.35 g fat; 41.43 mg cholesterol; 349.79 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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larkbl
02/16/2018
Made this gluten free using corn starch instead of flour. Turned out great! I halfed the recipe as I was just cooking for myself. When using corn starch instead of flour the conversion is half as much corn starch as the amount of flour that the recipe calls for. I realized after I was done that I didn't do this. Sauce was nice and thick because of this. Next time I will add a pinch of cayenne to give the sauce a little more zing.
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Bryan Fleischer
03/09/2018
Sauce was bland and needed more flour than called for to thicken. As well salt Parmesan. I think I will try to make it again with some changes to add to flavor.
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larkbl
02/16/2018
Made this gluten free using corn starch instead of flour. Turned out great! I halfed the recipe as I was just cooking for myself. When using corn starch instead of flour the conversion is half as much corn starch as the amount of flour that the recipe calls for. I realized after I was done that I didn't do this. Sauce was nice and thick because of this. Next time I will add a pinch of cayenne to give the sauce a little more zing.
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Pinkjacket
12/06/2017
Nice
Bryan Fleischer
03/09/2018
Sauce was bland and needed more flour than called for to thicken. As well salt Parmesan. I think I will try to make it again with some changes to add to flavor.
cora
09/08/2017
Excellent!!
Soup Loving Nicole
07/09/2017
This turned out really good. I had intentions on making as written except that I planned to cut the cauliflower into "steaks" instead of florets. I was multi-tasking and goofed by adding the sharp cheddar to the rest of the sauce instead of putting it on top as written. It still tasted great but it did alter the look of the sauce. I had another cheese sauce going at the same time that went with a completely different recipe. It called for green onions and I liked it so much that I added them with this one too. This sauce would go really good with many different things. It would also work great on the side for dipping. Definitely a keeper!
Gravy
11/02/2018
I really like this cheese sauce. My lil' nephew does not like cheese anything so I make the whole thing on the side and serve in a gravy boat. Works great that way.
maddi
12/07/2017
Aahhahhh made it again! This time with broccoli cauliflower and a box of prepared rice a roni broccoli and cheese flavor. I used paper jack cheese and feta because that's all I had. Added bread crumbs to the top delicious! Good for a throw together meal that doesn't make me feel guilty to feed to my boys 2 days before payday!
Karlie Leras
02/12/2018
This cheese sauce was excellent after I made it I decided to add some of the cheddar cheese into the sauce which meant I ended up having to add more milk. I noticed that when I got it just to the perfect thickness and added it to the cauliflower (and broccoli) and baked it with the rest of the cheddar on top as directed.. at the end the whole thing came out more liquid than it went in... it was a bit too thin I think if I make it again I will just put the sauce on top of the veggies and serve because it was the perfect thickness before the oven. Still it was delicious.
Karen Schweighardt
01/29/2018
Very good just as directed