Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce


This easy recipe for baked cauliflower with cheese sauce is pretty versatile. If you don't have cauliflower, the Parmesan sauce and Cheddar topping taste great on any vegetables you do have on hand. I often put a layer of cooked kale or broccoli under the cauliflower florets. You can change the flavor of the sauce by adding different cheeses you might have in your fridge. It takes a bit of work to make the sauce, but it's worth it. This side dish is delicious alongside roast beef or lamb.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¾ cups 1% milk

  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 ounces mature Cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Place cauliflower in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a baking dish.

  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour 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.

  4. Stir Parmesan cheese into sauce until melted; season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over cauliflower and sprinkle Cheddar over top.

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


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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
14g Fat
13g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 45mg 226%
Calcium 288mg 22%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 435mg 9%

* 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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