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Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese

A creamy macaroni and cheese full of flavor and added nutrition boost of cauliflower cooked up with the pasta. One-pot meal in under 30 minutes!
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CourseMain Course
Keyword30 minute, one-pot, pasta, vegetarian
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings6 servings


  • 8 oz medium size pasta we use veggie pasta!
  • 1 head cauliflower cored and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder minced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 10 ounces white cheddar cheese
  • spices to flavor we suggest hot sauce, cayenne pepper, or dijion mustard


  • In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook pasta until about 5 minutes are left until finished.
  • Add cauliflower to pasta. Cook until pasta is done. Note...the larger you chop the cauliflower the more time you should add.
  • Drain and return to the pan, remove from heat.
  • Whisk the flour and milk together.
  • Add the milk, butter, and seasonings to the pan.
  • Stir for about 1 minute until it begins to thicken.
  • Turn heat to low and add cheddar cheese just until melted in.
  • Optional: add a bit of hot sauce or cayenne pepper.



Try adding 3 ounces of cream cheese with the milk and seasonings for added creaminess.
A dollup of yogurt and sour cream boosts the creaminess and adds a nice tangy flavor. 


Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 703IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 416mg | Iron: 1mg