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Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese

Surprise your people with this fragrant and tasty dish, featuring the ever dejected cauliflower.
  • Cuisine: Casserole
  • Prep Time: 25M
  • Cook Time: 60M
  • Total Time: 85M


  • 8 cups chopped cauliflower florets
  • Non-salted butter
  • Olive oil
  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Jalapenos
  • 3 tbsp flower
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • Chives
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley


  • Large saucepan
  • Baking dish
  • Oven


  • Cut away the stem from the cauliflower and chop the florets into 1/2 inch to 1 inch pieces.
  • Mince shallot, garlic, jalapenos, and chives.
  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.


  • Fill large saucepan with 1 inch of water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook until tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  • Using the same large saucepan, add oil and butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the minced shallots and cook about 2 minutes. Once the shallots become translucent, add the minced jalapenos and cook about 2 more minutes, finally, add the minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in flour. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually 3 - 4 minutes, to cook out the flour. The texture should be a bit like a paste.
  • Add the red pepper flakes and slowly incorporate the milk while whisking, slowly raising the heat to medium-high until it comes to a simmer and becomes smooth and thick texture, about 2 minutes stirring; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Once it becomes thick, remove from heat completely onto another burner if possible. Add the cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup at a time mixing well until cheese is all melted. Repeat with the parmesan.
  • Stir in cooked cauliflower, then pour into a baking dish and bake until bubbly and golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Then broil 2 minutes, or until the top is slightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for about five minutes before serving.



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