nutritional information

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 273
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Total Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Cholesterol: 94 mg
  • Sodium: 314 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Sugar: 6 g

Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

Serves 8

Get all the creamy, cheesy goodness of mac and cheese—without the high starch content of macaroni. To make your own breadcrumbs, tear firm, fresh bread into pieces and whirl in a food processor or blender until crumbs form.
  • 1 large head cauliflower (1 ½ lb.), cut into medium florets (8 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. butter or margarine
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • 2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups fresh breadcrumbs

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower florets, and boil 5 to 7 minutes, or until just tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid, and set aside.

2. Melt butter in same pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in milk, garlic, and reserved cooking liquid, and cook 7 to 10 minutes, or until sauce is thickened, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, and egg yolks until cheese is melted. Fold in cauliflower.

3. Coat 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread cauliflower mixture in baking dish, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Spray breadcrumbs with cooking spray. Bake 30 minutes, or until casserole is hot and bubbly and breadcrumbs are crisp and brown.

January/February 2012 p.46

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This is the best. My husband asks for this dish all the time.

linda - 2016-02-01 15:30:52

Correct me if I am wrong, but is this not labled as Gluten-free? Reg. Flour is listed, so a bit confused....sounds delish...could you also tell me what the yeast's role is? Peace

Sherri Lynn Herrmann - 2016-01-19 18:31:48

Nutritional yeast is not brewers yeast. Nutritional yeast adds an extra cheesy flavor like you find in instant mac'n cheese.

Sanneb - 2016-01-14 20:50:29

Why do you use the yeast? Can you make it without it?

Kelly Norman - 2015-11-17 22:23:28

I made this with vegetarian egg-replacer and soymilk. It was very good though the sauce came out a little thin. Next time I would only use 1/2 cup reserved water.

Erin - 2015-07-20 04:06:09

Looks like a great alternative to macroni based m&c.

Cathleen Carr - 2015-06-24 17:26:56

Pretty darn good! I didn't use yeast, just a little extra flour to thicken the rue. Also, I would have liked a little more spice. Maybe I'll add more cayenne pepper next time. Overall great dish!

Kerstin Budisch - 2015-03-25 05:30:23

I love the recipes,however I suffer with acid reflux. What type of foods can I eat

Luz Maldonado - 2015-03-21 16:39:33

Yummy! We make it low carb by emitting the bread crumbs, and just enjoying the cheese sauce. To thicken the sauce more, add more nutritional yeast.

Kirsten - 2015-03-12 02:59:04

Yawzah! This was delicious! I made it without the nutritional yeast (because I ran out) and it was still great. Will make again and again and again and again and again and again. . . .

Kelly - 2015-01-21 23:02:02

Has anyone tried making this with frozen cauliflower instead of fresh? If yes, did made from frozen actually turn out alright?

Kaleigh - 2015-01-14 16:46:33

This is a brilliant idea. I am currently experiencing g health issues which I believe s associated with the consumption of complex carbs. I am seeking new ways to cook without them and providing much healthier choice for my family.

Christine Cecchini - 2014-11-15 19:33:37

California mac cheese recipe.

kristen - 2014-11-12 11:48:11