Cauliflower "Macaroni" and Cheese

A healthier version of the classic comfort food... it won for "Best Mac and Cheese" at our annual cookout, kids love it, and you don't feel as guilty!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking dish.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and set on paper towels to dry.

  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in heavy cream and cook until bubbling. Slowly add 1 cup Cheddar cheese; cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Place cauliflower in the prepared baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over top and stir until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar cheese over top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is fully melted, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
22g Fat
6g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 284mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 45mg 224%
Calcium 307mg 24%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 345mg 7%

* 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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