This cauliflower macaroni and cheese is a healthy, low-carb riff on the rich and creamy classic. Even kids are clamoring for more.
Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 30 M
- Serves 4 to 6
Set a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain in a colander.
In the same pot over medium heat, mix together the cream, cream cheese, butter, mustard, paprika, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in the cauliflower until completely coated in the sauce.
Transfer to a large dish, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.
TOP IT WITH BREAD CRUMBS
To give this creamy cauliflower dish a little extra crunch, top the finished casserole with about 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs or panko and slip it under the broiler until toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This was different from my usual cauliflower and cheese and we enjoyed it. It didn’t feel very heavy for having a cheese sauce. The mustard flavor was a little forward, but I love mustard. On the other hand, my husband isn’t a huge mustard fan, and it didn’t bother him.
With the cream cheese and heavy cream, I expected the sauce to be somewhat thicker than it was, though. The paprika wasn’t that noticeable, but I used sweet and not a stronger- flavored variety.
My cauliflower was pretty large but not enormous and there was more sauce than cauliflower.
This is a tasty side dish that goes together in under 30 minutes. The dish is well seasoned. For an even greater depth of flavor, I recommend using a full-flavored sharp NY cheddar that you grate yourself. The sauce does get a little watery, most likely related to the residual water in the boiled cauliflower, so next time instead of boiling the cauliflower I will roast it. I also think the dish benefited from a little time under the broiler just before serving. I like those crusty brown spots and enhanced flavor that the broiler offers.