Cravings can hit hard when you’re dieting, especially when you are cutting carbs. When those good old fashioned macaroni and cheese cravings hit, this Cauliflower Mac & Cheese recipe is exactly what you need. Cream cheese raises this rich, creamy dish to cheesy heaven.
I recently tried a recipe for Cauliflower Mac & Cheese, and let me tell you, it was a game-changer for satisfying those macaroni and cheese cravings while watching my carb intake. This recipe brilliantly swaps out traditional macaroni for cauliflower, creating a low-carb alternative that doesn’t skimp on flavor or cheesiness.
To make this Cauliflower Mac & Cheese, I started by preheating the oven and lightly greasing a baking dish. Then, I chopped a head of cauliflower into florets and boiled them until they were tender but still had a slight bite.
While the cauliflower was cooking, I prepared the cheesy sauce. Instead of using a heavy roux or flour-based sauce, this recipe uses cream cheese to achieve that rich and creamy texture. I melted cream cheese in a saucepan over low heat and gradually whisked in some milk until the mixture was smooth and velvety.
Next, I added shredded cheddar cheese to the sauce, allowing it to melt and create a luscious, cheesy goodness. To enhance the flavor, I seasoned the sauce with a pinch of salt, black pepper, and a dash of paprika.
Once the cauliflower was cooked, I drained it and transferred it to the prepared baking dish. I poured the creamy cheese sauce over the cauliflower, making sure to coat each floret evenly. To add a final touch, I sprinkled some additional shredded cheese on top for an extra layer of cheesy goodness.
I baked the Cauliflower Mac & Cheese in the oven until it was bubbly and the cheese on top had melted and turned golden brown. The aroma that filled my kitchen was absolutely mouthwatering.
When the dish was ready, I couldn’t wait to dig in. Each forkful was a delightful combination of tender cauliflower and creamy, cheesy sauce. The cauliflower acted as the perfect vehicle for the cheesy flavors to shine, and I didn’t miss the carb-heavy macaroni at all.