Looking for a delicious, nutritious dish that appeals to vegetarians and healthy eaters alike? Look no further than the cauliflower cheese casserole. This versatile dish combines the wholesome goodness of cauliflower with a rich, creamy cheese sauce, making it a perfect option for family dinners or potlucks.

Cauliflower Cheese Casserole



  • 1 large head of fresh cauliflower
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Additions:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Fresh herbs like thyme or parsley
  • A pinch of nutmeg


Step 1: Prepping the Cauliflower

  1. Wash and Cut:
  • Rinse the cauliflower under cold water.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets.
  1. Pre-Cooking:
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the cauliflower florets and cook for about 5 minutes until just tender.
  • Drain and set aside.

Cheese Sauce

Step 2: Making the Cheese Sauce

  1. Create a Roux:
  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add the flour, stirring continuously until smooth and golden brown (about 2 minutes).
  1. Add Milk:
  • Gradually whisk in the milk, ensuring there are no lumps.
  • Continue to stir until the mixture thickens (about 5-7 minutes).
  1. Cheese and Flavor:
  • Reduce heat to low and add the Dijon mustard.
  • Stir in the shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese until melted and smooth.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg (optional).


Step 3: Layering the Casserole

  1. Layering:
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a greased casserole dish, place an even layer of the cooked cauliflower florets.
  1. Even Distribution:
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower, ensuring all florets are well-coated.
  • Use a spoon or spatula to spread the sauce evenly.


Step 4: Baking the Casserole

  1. Oven Time:
  • Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.

Serving Suggestion

Step 5: Serving Your Casserole

  1. Garnishes:
  • Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley or thyme for a burst of color and flavor.
  • Serve with a side salad or crusty bread for a complete meal.



Creating a delicious cauliflower cheese casserole is easier than you think! By following these steps, you can enjoy a dish that's not only rich and comforting but also packed with nutrients. Perfect for vegetarians and anyone looking to eat healthier, this casserole is sure to become a household favorite.

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Happy Cooking!

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