Cauli and Peas Mac N’ Cheese Recipe | Yummly

Cauli and Peas Mac n’ Cheese

Joshua Bibbee: "This was good. I used pepper jack chz to make it…" Read More


Mac n’ Cheese doesn’t need the macaroni to be amazing. We’ve replaced the mac with toasty cauliflower and added some green peas so we can enjoy this indulgent dish with a little less guilt. Whether you are attempting low-carb living or making Mondays meatless, you won’t feel a void on this plate. We still have a dangerously addicting cheese sauce, using an amalgam of cheeses, that will coat our beautiful veggies with a velvety blanket of cheesy goodness.


  • 1 head cauliflower (leaves and core included)
  • 2 cups cheese (parmesan, white cheddar, little nubs of fancy cheese...etc.)
  • 1 cup frozen peas (no need to thaw)
  • 3 slices white bread (can be from freezer)
  • 1 pinch chili flakes
  • olive oil (staples)
  • salt (staples)
  • pepper (staples)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (staples)
  • 3 tablespoons flour (staples)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (staples)
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    1. Equipment: large oven-safe pan for cauliflower, small pot for cheese sauce, grater, small pan for bread crumbs
    2. Preheat your oven to broil. Grab your cauliflower and cut it into quadrants. Flip each quadrant on its side and sneak your knife between the core and the florets. Break the florets apart into bite-sized pieces. Rough chop the core and the leaves, yes, the leaves too! Place all the cauliflower in a large pan. Generously drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Place pan in the broiler for 10 minutes.
    3. Grab a small pot to begin the cheese sauce. Melt butter in the pan to begin making a roux as the base for the sauce. Add flour to the butter and stir to combine. Cook over medium/high heat until flour is completely dissolved and the roux has deep blonde color. Now whisk in the milk, reserving a bit in case we need to thin out the sauce later. Continue to cook, allowing the sauce to thicken until it reaches the consistency of pancake batter.
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    Joshua Bibbee 5 days ago
    This was good. I used pepper jack chz to make it a little spicy. Two edits I made were that I only used 1.5c chz and skipped the bread.
    Barb Walters 8 days ago
    This was absolutely delicious. I added bacon and jalapenos.
    Stephanie W. 12 days ago
    Amazing!! I added red pepper flakes to the top and left out the bread croutons.
    Megan Walls 19 days ago
    It wasn't bad, just not great. My 18m old loved it!
    Elizabeth 19 days ago
    The whole family loved it. I did chop the cauliflower up a bit and used whatever cheese I had in the fridge, then hearty whole wheat bread for the croutons. Added a real chewy element👍 Didn’t time myself cause I didn’t care.
    Brandon B. 19 days ago
    The dish turned out great! I subtracted two stars because the recipe falsely claims that it is a 15-minute recipe, when in fact it takes three time that long, and that was non-stop cooking, not working on any other dishes. I would also recommend doing a rough chop on the cauliflower florets. Next time I’ll probably add some ditalini or macaroni.
    Joey Mollner 24 days ago
    This took way longer than 15 minutes. I even bought frozen cauliflower so I wouldnt have to chop. the bread crumbs take long, and broiling takes time for your over to heat up. Overall this is a 40 minute meal.
    E V 25 days ago
    Great recipe. Definitely will make it again. We normally don’t like cauliflower.
    Robert Kelly a month ago
    I made this with white cheddar and tuscan blend cheeses. It came out well.
    Pung a month ago
    Great!! Even better left over the next day.
    Blair a month ago
    This recipe was very yummy and cheesy! I used cheddar, pepper jack, and Parmesan I also cooked some bacon and added it to the top :)
    Samantha Gage 2 months ago
    I added some onions, bacon, as well as mustard powder. And it tasted great, my great carnivorous boyfriend even had seconds! However I must have done a little something wrong because i had way more cheese sauce than Cauliflower. Also took me about 25min in the broiler
    Natasha Volkers 2 months ago
    It is delicious! I I couldn't do it in under 15 minutes (more like 25), but I also had little kids "helping" me.
    Joe Gravante 4 months ago
    Unbelievably good, the kids and wife love this recipe! I leave my cauliflower in a bit longer under the broiler for a darker crunch, so this took me about 20 mins total. Still fast and easy for after work cooking!!!