Broiled Cauliflower "Mac" & Cheese

We replaced pasta with cauliflower in this creamy low-carb "mac" and cheese. A sprinkle of Parmesan on top and a quick trip under the broiler gives this cheesy side dish a savory, crispy crust.

Broiled Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 8 cups coarsely chopped cauliflower florets

  • 1 ½ cups reduced-fat milk, divided

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¾ cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Snipped chives for garnish


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven. Preheat broiler to high.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.

  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/4 cups milk in a large broiler-safe skillet over medium heat until steaming. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk, cornstarch and dry mustard together in a small bowl until smooth. Add to the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in pepper and salt, then whisk in Cheddar and cream cheese until melted and smooth. Add the cauliflower and stir to coat. Sprinkle Parmesan evenly over the top and broil until browned in spots, 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish with chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
15g Fat
12g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Vitamin A 579IU 12%
Sodium 376mg 16%
Potassium 434mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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