Cauliflower “Mac and Cheese”

photo of Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese" in a skillet

Cauliflower replaces macaroni noodles and the creamy cheese sauce is lightened up as well, for this low carb and lighter macaroni and cheese-like dish.
photo of a spoon dipping into Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"
I really love working with cauliflower and this is my latest creation. With the stormy weather we’ve been experiencing in San Diego, I’ve been craving warm comfort dishes like macaroni and cheese. We were warned months in advance of the El Nino storms, but it’s still pretty crazy to see. Flash flood alerts on my phone and even a tornado warning! In the 16 years I’ve lived in San Diego, I don’t recall there ever being a tornado warning issued.
overhead photo of Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"
Luckily, I was home for the brunt of today’s storm. It’s not as scary when your indoors, though no matter how old I am, hearing thunder and lightning still freaks me out.

This dish comes together in about 30 minutes. It’s super simple and one I plan on making a lot this month.

 

Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Dishes, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Cauliflower replaces macaroni noodles and the creamy cheese sauce is lightened up as well, for this low carb and lighter macaroni and cheese-like dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets
  • 2 cups shredded low fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 -1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 4-6 tbsp nonfat milk

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot to boil over the stove and add in florets. Cook until just tender. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine cheese, yogurt, mustard, onion and garlic powders, and hot sauce. Stir until sauce becomes uniform and smooth. The sauce will be quite thick. To thin it out, add milk, 1 tbsp at a time, stirring after each addition until sauce is smooth again.

  3. Add half of the sauce to your cauliflower and stir until cauliflower is coated. Pour remaining sauce on top over cauliflower.

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 477 Calories from Fat 357
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39.7g 61%
Saturated Fat 23.2g 116%
Trans Fat 0.8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.2g
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 492.5mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 16.8g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 7g
Protein 16.7g 33%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 121%
Calcium 46%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

 

cauliflower mac and cheese photo collage

4 comments on “Cauliflower “Mac and Cheese””

  1. I like the idea of using Greek yogurt as a sauce base. I made “buffalo” Brussels Sprouts by mixing Greek yogurt, miso, and sambal, and coating the mixture over some roasted sprouts. I put it back in the oven (turned it off) just to heat through the sauce. I’m thinking Mac and Sprouts subbing Brussels Sprouts for the Cauliflower would be yum too!

    • sounds good! I really like using the Greek yogurt too. It gives the sauce a super creamy texture but without all the extra fat.

  2. Oh wow that sauce looks so amazing. Love that it’s made with Greek yogurt!

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