Baked Cauliflower and Cheese


A delicious creamy cauliflower dish with cheese. For a quick version serve without final step of baking!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

  • ½ cup vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  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, and steam until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and let cool enough to handle, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly butter a casserole dish.

  3. Transfer florets into the bowl of a food processor. Add broth and puree on high speed until smooth, but with some very small pieces remaining for just a bit of texture.

  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until a pinch of flour sprinkled into the oil will just begin to bubble. Whisk in flour to form a thick paste the consistency of cake frosting. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until flour has turned golden and begins to smell like toast, 3 to 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in pureed cauliflower, cream, sugar, salt, white pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Set over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until thick, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to the prepared dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and cheese is melted, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Also wonderful with a combo of cauliflower and broccoli--just steam and mash broccoli and cauliflower, leaving both veggies with more rustic texture!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

167 Calories
12g Fat
12g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 641mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 67mg 335%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 461mg 10%

* 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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