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Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

I could eat this delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese probably every other day. Well, I like calling this Mac-flower and Cheese ’cause I used Cauliflower instead of macaroni.

This recipe blew my Instagram account after food52 reshared my picture of Mac-flower and Cheese. Since I did not have a recipe on my blog, I received well over 300 messages, all asking for this recipe. It was a madhouse for a good week.

So I re-tested a recipe twice again to make sure. I am not a huge fan of cream cheese addition, but my family really likes it so I will give you an option. You can use it or omit it.


Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

You can use this cheese sauce over roasted potatoes, peppers, or broccoli. It is so good!

Don’t get me wrong, cream cheese does not make this sauce bad, just I like it better without it.

What makes this meal unique? It’s cauliflower and we all know the hype over this brain food. Also, it is lower in carb and really delicious. Even my kids eat this one and my boys are not fans of cauliflower but they are eating this way.

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

I feel like even if you eat carbs roasted cauliflower could be mixed with macaroni and cheese. That way you eat a slightly “healthier” pasta.

I always loved cauliflower so I could eat it literally any possible way. Give the cauliflower a chance as well as this yummy recipe. I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is really not bad at all.


Also, you have two options on how to prepare cauliflower; roasted in the oven or use your air fryer. It is so easy when you pop cauliflower florets in the air fryer. No mess!

I love my air fryer for real, but you can totally use a sheet pan and just roast in the oven. The conventional oven is alright as well, as long as you cook cauliflower.

If you try this recipe for any other from my site please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking #sandraseasycooking. Thank you in advance!

Roasted Cauliflower And Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower And Cheese

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Easy and delicious side dish. It is perfect with any protein or on its own.


  • 2-3 pounds cauliflower
  • Salt, ground black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil
  • Pinch or two of herbs such as dried parsley


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black
  • 3/4 cup warm heavy whipping cream (or half and half, Mexican Cream)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 ounces mild cheddar, shredded
  • 2 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
  • Salt to taste


  • 1-ounce mild cheddar, shredded
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried or fresh parsley


  1. Wash and separate cauliflower into bite-size pieces.
  2. Season with salt and pepper then drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Toss it to coat then cook in the air fryer at 375 Fahrenheit for 16-17 minutes or roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 400F. Make sure that the cauliflower is in one layer on the baking sheet. Also, you may use your convection oven. Air Fryer is basically a convenient "countertop" convection oven.


  1. While cauliflower is cooking prep for the cheese sauce. You can use pre-shredded cheese but it is so much better if you shred it yourself.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat,
  3. Gradually add warm heavy whipping cream or Mexican cream, stirring until well-mixed, add seasoning; turmeric, salt, and pepper.
  4. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until it begins to slightly thicken. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring, for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add parm, cheddar, and swiss cheese then cook at a lower temperature, stirring, until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth and well blended.
  6. The sauce will start to get thicker. Now, taste it and add salt according to your taste. If you want your sauce mix one tablespoon of flour/cornstarch or for low carb Xanthan gum or Guar gum with 2-3 tablespoons of water then pour over the sauce. I do this sometimes, but it's not necessary.


  1. Place cauliflower into the skillet, pour cheese over it, slightly stir to coat then add a drizzle of olive oil and a bit of shredded cheese. Add a good sprinkle of dried parsley.
  2. Turn the stove off and serve immediately.


I never tried placing it overnight in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 622Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 751mgCarbohydrates: 21gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 8gSugar: 10gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 26g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate, but we try our best.


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