Crazy Good Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

OK so here it is, a better healthier way to prepare Macaroni and cheese.
I have made this recipe several times at gatherings and everyone always asks for the recipe.

The fact that cauliflower is incorporated into this recipe, well, it makes it a a bit healthier. If your kids don’t like veggies, hide the cauliflower cutting it into small pieces, that is what I do when we have other kids eating this besides my kids.

This is really a crowd pleaser, you can also add shrimp, crab meat, and a different variety of cheeses. More than often I include crumbled Gruyere and blue cheese among other types. We are big cheese eaters. Hope you enjoy this mac and cheese :-)


Crazy Good Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Yield: 6-8 servings


12 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 head cauliflower, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, we use more
1 1/2 cups reduced fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup nonfat milk
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro



Heat oven to 400°F. In a pot cook together the pasta. When the pasta has about 3-4 minutes to be done add the cauliflower, drain.

In a saucepan add the oil and cook the onion and garlic until soft, about 4-5 minutes.

In a bowl mix in the pepper, salt, low fat yogurt, milk, 1 cup of cheese, and mustard. Incorporate the pasta with the cauliflower to the cheese mixture.

Transfer the pasta to a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Sprinkle with the fresh cilantro.

You can broil for 3-5 minutes to brown the top. Enjoy.

Nutrition facts calculated based on the recipe yielding 6 servings.


  1. This looks really yummy. I love cauliflower, so I think I’ll be cooking this dish soon.
    Nice blog, keep on sharing your recipes and your passion with us.

  2. Gracias, if you try it, let me know if you like it. Thanks for checking my blog :-)

  3. How much salt and pepper do you use?

  4. Angie O,

    probable about 1 teaspoon of each, maybe more. Just to taste really :-)

    Here is another link for another version of it that I made in case you didn’t see it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and let me know how it turned out for your family :-)

  5. This was delicious Miryam! Gotta love a way to get veggies into my little picky eater’s tummy! :D

  6. I’m sorry but this was a terrible dry Mac and cheese recipe. Wasted a lot of ingredients. 

  7. Sorry this was very dry and did not taste good

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