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mac and cheese with cauliflower

Hidden Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Hidden Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a great way to sneak in a healthy vegetable and mask it with delicious creamy mac 'n' cheesy comfort food. This is a recipe for homemade mac and cheese with pureed cauliflower hidden inside. Your family may or may not notice, but it's always fun to try and sneak in extra veggies!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 471


  • 16 oz macaroni
  • 1 head cauliflower (see notes)
  • ½ cup half and half (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces cheese (grated (roughly 3 cups, use sharp cheddar, pepper jack, gouda, fontina, gruyere, or a combination))
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


  • In boiling salted water, cook macaroni. Cook just slightly al dente. Drain, do not rinse, and set aside.
  • Separate cauliflower florets from stalk and steam until soft and tender. Puree in blender with ½ cup half and half.
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  • Combine butter and flour in pot over medium heat and whisk to form a roux. Add milk and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add shredded cheese, cauliflower puree, garlic powder, mustard powder, and salt in large pot. Stir until cheese is completely melted. Add in drained pasta and stir until well combined. Serve with fresh ground pepper.
  • If preferred, put in oven safe dish and broil on high 5 minutes to slightly brown the top, giving a toasted nutty flavor.


You can also use cauliflower rice instead of a head of cauliflower. You will need about 4 cups, or 32 ounces, of cauliflower rice to equal one head of cauliflower


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 619mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 406mg | Iron: 1.1mg