5-Ingredient Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole Recipe Is Like Mac & Cheese But Healthier by 30Seconds Food

5-Ingredient Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole Recipe Is Like Mac & Cheese But Healthier

Are you a macaroni and cheese lover who's looking for a healthier alternative? Look no further! Macaroni and cheese, move over because there's a new side dish in town.

Even those who don't like cauliflower will have a hard time resisting this easy, cheesy cauliflower recipe. This five-ingredient low-sodium cheesy cauliflower casserole is like mac and cheese but healthier! 

Here's your simple shopping list for this delicious casserole recipe: cauliflower, butter, flour, milk and shredded cheese. That's it! Everything is mixed together, placed in a casserole dish then baked until piping hot and golden brown.

Serve this mouth-watering vegetable casserole recipe as a side dish with just about any dinner and get ready for the recipe requests. So easy and so good!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, Gruyere or American cheese

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Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes if you'd like some heat.
  • If you want this recipe to be gluten-free, use gluten-free flour.
  • Garnish with fresh basil, parsley or other herb, if desired.
  • Make ahead if you are meal planning and refrigerate for up to four days.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave.

Hereโ€™s how to make it:

  1. Steam the cauliflower until just tender, about 10 minutes. Pour into a baking dish.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan or skillet. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour in milk, whisking, until combined. Bring to a simmer and cook until it begins to thicken. 
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted. Season with black pepper, to taste.
  5. Pour the cheese over the cauliflower. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven about 30 minutes until cooked through and golden.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 218

Total Fat: 8.1g

Saturated Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 24mg

Sodium: 117mg

Total Carbohydrate: 27.3g

Dietary Fiber: 1.3g

Total Sugars: 1.3g

Protein: 8.5g

Vitamin D: 2mcg

Calcium: 149mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 113mg

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Marianne Clyde
Want to try this! Thanks.
Elisa Schmitz
This sounds delish, oh my!
Donna John
This sounds amazing.
Kathy Ast
I made this tonight. Soooo good!!!!
Elisa Schmitz
I am so glad you liked this recipe, Kathy Ast-Kutzbach ! I have a head of cauliflower in my fridge, so I'm going to try it. YUM!
Kathy Ast
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds i even made it dairy free with almond milk and daiya cheddar (plant-based) cheese. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Elisa Schmitz
That is a genius idea, Kathy Ast-Kutzbach . I eat very little dairy and live on almond milk, so I will try that, thanks!

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