Cauliflower Mac n Cheese Sauce

by Nicole
Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

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Easy Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

If you love mac n cheese as much as I do, try this healthier take on the traditional recipe. The reason why I love it so much is that you still get to indulge in the cheesy goodness but with less guilt. Cauliflower is the base for the cheese sauce which means a ton of veggies and nutrients in your mac n cheese.

5 Health Benefits of Cauliflower

  1. High in fiber: having a diet high in fiber means improving the regularity of your bowls. Additionally, fiber makes you feel full for longer.
  2. Improved memory: choline is found in cauliflower and is an essential nutrient for brain development and memory function.
  3. Vitamin K: is critical to preventing osteoporosis as it aids in the absorption of calcium and assists with bone metabolism.
  4. Vitamin C: helps to produce collagen which helps promote beautiful healthy skin and nails
  5. Antioxidants: many cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower contain these cancer fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients
Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

Cauliflower Mac n Cheese Sauce

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 660 calories 17 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 TBSP vegan butter
  • 2 cups of cheese (I use a speciality cajun flavored cheddar cheese)
  • 1, 16oz box of whole grain elbows
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs


  1. Cut cauliflower into smaller pieces to be steamed
  2. In a large saucepan,  fill with enough water to steam the cauliflower
  3. To that saucepan add spices (thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning) to infuse the cauliflower
  4. Meanwhile, begin grating the cheese. Feel free to use any flavored cheddar cheese or simply use 2 cups of regular cheddar
  5. Reserve 1 cup of infused boiling water
  6. Drain the cauliflower once soft enough to fork. Let cool at least 20 minutes
  7. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package and preheat oven to 450 degrees
  8. In a food processor (or blender), combine cauliflower and vegetable broth. Puree. Add the reserved water as needed to get desired consistency. The sauce at this point should not be too thick.
  9. Bring the cauliflower puree into a medium saucepan. On low, begin to add cheese while stirring frequently until melted.
  10. Add the butter
  11. Rather than draining pasta, use a slotted spoon to bring pasta into a 9x13 baking dish
  12. Top with cauliflower cheese sauce
  13. Bake for 30 minutes on 450 degrees
  14. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and broil on low for 5-10 minutes for crispy topping

I use this food processor and have absolutely loved it. Who made this recipe? Did you change anything or alter it in any way? I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, leave your love in the comments below. Feel free to contact me with any questions.



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