Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese in a blue baking dish with a crispy top and a spoonful being held above it.
Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Super easy low carb baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is so simple to make. Hearty comfort food without breaking your diet.....too badly.

Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese
Servings: 10
Calories: 264 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups low fat milk
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  1. Roughly chop the cauliflower removing the leaves and core.
  2. Blanch the cauliflower in boiling water for 2 minutes and immediately drain in a colander.
  3. Run the cauliflower under cold water briefly to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and whisk to combine. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes until golden whisking constantly.
  5. While whisking, slowly add the milk to the butter/flour mixture. Turn the heat to low. Bring the milk mixture to a simmer and continue cooking, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, approximately 4-5 minutes.  DO NOT BOIL.
  6. Stir the cheese into the milk mixture and remove from the heat. Continue stirring until the cheese is thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Fold the cauliflower into the cheese sauce and stir to combine.
  8. Check for seasoning and add salt/pepper, if needed.
  9. Transfer the cauliflower mixture to a baking dish coated with cooking spray and set aside.
  10. Preheat the oven.
  11. Toss together the butter and bread crumbs. Sprinkle the top of the cauliflower mixture with the bread crumbs to coat.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown.
Recipe Notes

Mac and cheese can be assembled up to two days advance without the bread crumb topping. Add the topping and bake right before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 335mg15%
Potassium 293mg8%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 27.8mg34%
Calcium 300mg30%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.