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Cauli and Peas Mac n’ Cheese

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Mac n’ Cheese doesn’t need the macaroni to be amazing. We’ve replaced the mac with toasty cauliflower and added some green peas so we can enjoy this indulgent dish with a little less guilt. Whether you are attempting low-carb living or making Mondays meatless, you won’t feel a void on this plate. We still have a dangerously addicting cheese sauce, using an amalgam of cheeses, that will coat our beautiful veggies with a velvety blanket of cheesy goodness.


  • 1 head cauliflower (leaves and core included)
  • 2 cups cheese (parmesan, white cheddar, little nubs of fancy cheese...etc.)
  • 1 cup frozen peas (no need to thaw)
  • 3 slices white bread (can be from freezer)
  • 1 pinch chili flakes
  • olive oil (staples)
  • salt (staples)
  • pepper (staples)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (staples)
  • 3 tablespoons flour (staples)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (staples)
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    1. Equipment: large oven-safe pan for cauliflower, small pot for cheese sauce, grater, small pan for bread crumbs
    2. Preheat your oven to broil. Grab your cauliflower and cut it into quadrants. Flip each quadrant on its side and sneak your knife between the core and the florets. Break the florets apart into bite-sized pieces. Rough chop the core and the leaves, yes, the leaves too! Place all the cauliflower in a large pan. Generously drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Place pan in the broiler for 10 minutes.
    3. Grab a small pot to begin the cheese sauce. Melt butter in the pan to begin making a roux as the base for the sauce. Add flour to the butter and stir to combine. Cook over medium/high heat until flour is completely dissolved and the roux has deep blonde color. Now whisk in the milk, reserving a bit in case we need to thin out the sauce later. Continue to cook, allowing the sauce to thicken until it reaches the consistency of pancake batter.
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    Gwen H. a month ago
    really good! would add 1/3cup of mac to make it a bit more filling
    Jared Shapiro 2 months ago
    Dang tasty! Yes, keep those stems and leaves from the cauliflower. We used just sharp white cheddar and parm. We added bacon for a smoky bit, and put some garlic in the breadcrumbs. Great, easy recipe.
    Nick 2 months ago
    Super tasty, a few moving parts but if you prep well it is very manageable and simple for a week night
    D 2 months ago
    Great substitute for Mac n cheese. May be a good side dish for Thanksgiving!
    Savannah 2 months ago
    Turned out amazing!!!
    Jessica Tarzwell 2 months ago
    i ended up adding some elbow macaroni and i used panko bread crumbs and threw it back it oven at the end. super tasty.
    Lauren Kunz 2 months ago
    So yummy so easy so quick! And entertaining 😀
    Shana Creech 2 months ago
    Wonderful!! Loved it!
    Raymond 2 months ago
    Turned out great! Exactly what I wanted and expected.
    Danger F 2 months ago
    i used soy milk, vegan cheese and fresh snow peas, nuttlex (butter substitute). very happy
    Melissa Ann 3 months ago
    super good! i made it as a side with baked salmon. i used tillamook 3 cheese blend!! It's ok to put this in the freezer. I tried it and it came out great when i reheated it.
    Kara 5 months ago
    O-M-Goodness!!! so good a hit with the family!!! followed receipe no pepper flakes used
    York 5 months ago
    first time cookinfg cauliflower and making a cheese sauce by hand the video helped me alot and was well done :). i liked how simple and flexible the cheese sauce is.
    Becky 5 months ago
    Really good. I used al the ingredient but instead of dishing food onto a plate and put it all in a oven dish. Cooked with lemon chicken. It was delicious
    Ris Steele 5 months ago
    Didn’t change a thing on the recipe and absolutely loved it!! Are on it for a few days afterwards :)
    It was really creamy amd cheesy! we loved it. my husband and son were fighting over who was getting all the! def be making again!
    Kay 6 months ago
    great, added bacon and served as a side instead of main meal
    Angela Campos 6 months ago
    it turn out awesome. i made it with provolone, Munster, and parmesan, colby.
    Joshua Bibbee 7 months ago
    This was good. I used pepper jack chz to make it a little spicy. Two edits I made were that I only used 1.5c chz and skipped the bread.
    Barb Walters 7 months ago
    This was absolutely delicious. I added bacon and jalapenos.
    Stephanie W. 7 months ago
    Amazing!! I added red pepper flakes to the top and left out the bread croutons.
    Megan Walls 7 months ago
    It wasn't bad, just not great. My 18m old loved it!
    Elizabeth 7 months ago
    The whole family loved it. I did chop the cauliflower up a bit and used whatever cheese I had in the fridge, then hearty whole wheat bread for the croutons. Added a real chewy element👍 Didn’t time myself cause I didn’t care.
    Brandon B. 7 months ago
    The dish turned out great! I subtracted two stars because the recipe falsely claims that it is a 15-minute recipe, when in fact it takes three time that long, and that was non-stop cooking, not working on any other dishes. I would also recommend doing a rough chop on the cauliflower florets. Next time I’ll probably add some ditalini or macaroni.
    Joey Mollner 7 months ago
    This took way longer than 15 minutes. I even bought frozen cauliflower so I wouldnt have to chop. the bread crumbs take long, and broiling takes time for your over to heat up. Overall this is a 40 minute meal.
    E V 7 months ago
    Great recipe. Definitely will make it again. We normally don’t like cauliflower.
    Robert Kelly 8 months ago
    I made this with white cheddar and tuscan blend cheeses. It came out well.
    Pung 8 months ago
    Great!! Even better left over the next day.
    Blair 8 months ago
    This recipe was very yummy and cheesy! I used cheddar, pepper jack, and Parmesan I also cooked some bacon and added it to the top :)
    Samantha Gage 9 months ago
    I added some onions, bacon, as well as mustard powder. And it tasted great, my great carnivorous boyfriend even had seconds! However I must have done a little something wrong because i had way more cheese sauce than Cauliflower. Also took me about 25min in the broiler