Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Recipe

October 28, 2019

In this episode of Prep School, Megan Mitchell is definitely keeping all the cheesy goodness you love about traditional Mac and Cheese, but she’s putting a gluten-free and keto-friendly spin it, thanks to wholesome cauliflower. This 30-minute recipe can serve as a hearty side, or a full meal when paired with a bowl of soup or salad.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes


For the cauliflower:
1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ground Pepper, plus more for sauce
½ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Garlic Powder

For the sauce:
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
½ cup whole milk
½ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
½ teaspoon ground mustard powder
Pinch sea salt
Pinch Thrive Market Organic Ground Pepper
⅛ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Cayenne Pepper
Chopped parsley, for garnish


Make the cauliflower:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange cauliflower on a sheet tray and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder; toss. Bake 10 minutes, then toss and bake for 10 minutes more, or until golden.

Make the sauce:
Combine all ingredients except parsley in a large saucepan. Whisk over low heat until creamy and cheese has melted. Add cauliflower directly into the pot with cheese sauce; stir to coat. To serve, scrape into a shallow bowl and top with additional black pepper and chopped parsley.

Recipe by: Megan Mitchell

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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