Baked Cauliflower and Cheese

4.58 from 7 votes

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I could be wrong, but I don’t think anyone has ever done this dish before! This Baked Cauliflower and Cheese dish is one of the best low-carb sides I have ever made and absolutely incredible. I was sitting in bed 🌙 thinking of how to stay relevant (all my best 💡 ideas come at night!). At first, I thought I would make it into a cauliflower mash but then this took a whole new turn when I realized it’s even better roasted. This will be your new favorite side dish, guaranteed!

Why You’ll Love Baked Cauliflower and Cheese

This Baked Cauliflower and Cheese is a one-dish wonder and the best way to change up boring steamed cauliflower. The creamy, 🌿 herby cheese is just so delicious with this and makes the whole dish feel really substantial. It’s totally gluten-free as well! If you loved the viral feta and tomato you must give this one a try. It comes together so ⏲️ quickly, and I think it will be gobbled up even quicker.

How to Prepare Baked Cauliflower and Cheese

🔥 Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C)

🔪 Using a sharp knife, cut up the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.

🌿 Then add the cauliflower to a baking dish and place about 1/2 the block of herb Boursin cheese in the middle.

⏲️ Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes, take it out of the oven, then mix it all together and enjoy.

Nonna’s Tip 🧊

Raw cauliflower works better than frozen cauliflower in this dish, since the frozen variety holds a lot of water, resulting in a less creamy, more watery finished dish.

Baked Cauliflower and Cheese

Variations and Substitutions for Baked Cauliflower and Cheese

  1. This recipe will absolutely work just as well with 🥦 broccoli.
  2. If you don’t have Boursin, you can add some cream cheese to the center of the baking dish (mixed with your favorite herbs).
  3. Feel free to add garlic powder, onion powder or paprika to this Baked Cauliflower and Cheese for additional flavor.

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Common Questions

CAn I use broccoli instead of cauliflower?

Yes, you certainly can. Broccoli will work just as well!

What cheese can I use instead of boursin?

If you don’t have herbed Boursin, mix together cream cheese with your favorite herbs (oregano, dill, basil, parsley) and place it in the middle of the baking dish.

can I make this Baked Cauliflower and Cheese dish ahead?

Yes, you certainly can, but it won’t be as creamy as it would be fresh out of the oven. To prep ahead, chop the cauliflower, have everything placed in the baking dish and then pop it into the oven when you’re ready.

can I make this dairy-free?

Yes, you would certainly be able to use a non-dairy cream cheese instead of Boursin in this Baked Cauliflower and Cheese.

Baked Cauliflower and Cheese

Baked Cauliflower and Cheese

This Baked Cauliflower and Cheese dish is a one-dish wonder and the best way to change up boring steamed cauliflower. The creamy, herby cheese is so delicious with this and makes the whole dish feel really substantial.
4.58 from 7 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups raw cauliflower florets
  • ½ block Boursin cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup water

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200C). Add the cauliflower to the baking dish, sprinkle of salt and olive oil on top. Nestle in the Boursin cheese in the middle and pour in the water.
  • You can add the whole block of Boursin or as much as you like (I added ¾ of it).
  • Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes, take it out of the oven, mix it all together and enjoy.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge.

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Nutrition

Calories: 56kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 0.1mg, Sodium: 178mg, Potassium: 299mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 48mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My family LOVES this. My adult son asked could I make it everyday. I do sometimes mix broccoli and cauliflower. Both are really good.

  2. 5 stars
    Honestly such a perfect and affordable recipe. It makes an undesirable vegetable delicious and easily fits into a busy routine. Thank you so much!