Our favorite way to dress up cauliflower is with a creamy sharp cheddar cheese sauce. This sauce takes ordinary steamed cauliflower and turns it into comfort food. This is The Organic Kitchen’s Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese, and I know you are going to love it!
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Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese on white plate set atop brown and white plaid dish towel


How I Make Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese:

There is nothing tricky here. Trust me, this recipe is so easy a novice can pull it off. Simply steam cauliflower until firm but soft enough that a fork can slide in easily. Place cauliflower in a baking dish or skillet, pour cheese sauce over, and bake until cheese turns golden and a little crispy. That’s it!

Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese garnished with thyme on white dish on white wood table


When making a cheese sauce you start with a roux (pronounced roo) A roux is a combination of fat and flour and is used to thicken a sauce. In this case we use butter for our fat. You can grate the cheese yourself using a cheese grater or make it quick and painless using a food processorMake the roux by whisking melted butter, flour, sea salt and pepper together. Then add warm milk and allow to thicken a bit while stirring. Then add cheese and handful at a time. Stir until smooth and you have yourself a beautiful cheese sauce. Here is a nice little step by step…

Bake It Up!

Then you just pop it in the oven until the cheese get s a little golden. 

Cauliflower with Three Cheese Sauce in white bowl set on white plate with dish towel

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If you love a good cheese sauce, try my Baked Penne and Skillet Mac and Cheese!

Creamy Mac and Cheese garnished with green onions in black skillet on wood surface


The Recipe: Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese

What you need: an8 x 8 baking dish, and a vegetable steamer.

Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A delicious comfort food side dish!

Course: Side Dish, vegetable side dish, Vegetables
Keyword: cauliflower, vegetable side dish
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1 cup warm whole fat milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head organic cauliflower, cut into florets
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place oven rack in center position. Grate cheese. Set aside. Break cauliflower into florets. Place water and cauliflower in steamer, place lid on steamer and allow cauliflower to steam until fork goes in but cauliflower is a bit firm (about 3 minutes). We don't want mushy cauliflower.

While cauliflower steams, make cheese sauce:
  1. Set milk in a pan and warm on medium heat. Place a second saucepan on medium heat, melt butter, add salt and pepper. Add flour to melted butter and whisk. This is your roux, it will thicken your cheese sauce. Slowly add warm milk to the roux, continually whisking and heat until mixture begins to thicken. When milk is a bit thickened, add cheese a handful at a time (retaining the 1/2 cup for later) whisk cheese, slowly adding more as each handful melts. When cheese is completely melted and sauce is smooth turn off heat.

  2. Place cauliflower in baking dish). Pour cheese sauce over. Sprinkle with extra cheese if desired. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until cheese is a bit browned and crispy on top. Serve!.


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