Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is so easy and so delicious. The very best in keto mac and cheese that no one will guess (or taste) is cauliflower
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This Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is the biz! I always say I am not a cauliflower fan but I will tell you straight up if I was fed this in a blind taste test I would not taste or smell the cauliflower.

What is the secret to this amazing keto mac and cheese is the Ranch Dressing.

A deliciously creamy well-seasoned ranch dressing without buttermilk. It is by far my favourite dressing and super versatile. But, in this cauliflower mac and cheese it takes it to a whole other level.

cauliflower mac and cheese in small frying pan


All the ingredients to make a cauliflower mac and cheese healthy recipe are all found in your local supermarket.

When cauliflower is in season I buy up at the cheaper price and freeze as much as I can. I rice cauliflower or cut into florets that way it is so much cheaper and I am not paying crazy prices when I am recipe testing.

So, YES you can use frozen cauliflower in cauliflower mac and cheese recipe.

spoonful of cauliflower mac and cheese

This is what you will need to make the BEST EVER Keto Mac and Cheese recipe. Trust me, even the kids will love this recipe.

  • 400 g cauliflower cut into florets, I cut them real small, like bite-size
  • 100 g cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream or heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing click the link for recipe (honestly it is awesome)
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, if you don’t like chillies leave them out
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 4 slices streaky bacon 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives finely sliced

The Ranch Dressing truly makes this dish amazing.

Spoonful of cauliflower mac and cheese


Cut the cauliflower into small florets and steam for 15 minutes or until fork tender

process shot of cauliflower chopped into small florets
Bite size florets

Chop streaky bacon and fry until crispy.

chopped bacon on a cutting board
Cutting boards available in store

In a large bowl combine cream cheese, cream, Ranch Dressing, jalapeños, and half the cheese and half the chives.

bowl full of cheese and cream
Combine until smooth

Fold through cauliflower and half the bacon.

bowl filed with cream, cheese, bacon and cauliflower

Transfer the cauliflower mac and cheese to a small baking dish or pan. Bake in an oven preheated to 180℃ for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden.

frying pan with cauliflower mac and cheese in it
spoonful of cauliflower mac and cheese


To me there is just soooo many variation possibilities to this recipe. It would work with a combination of any of the below low carb keto vegetable list or with seafood (fresh or canned) and chicken.

Here are just a few tasty extras you can add in

  • broccoli
  • pumpkin (kent)
  • celeriac
  • radish
  • zucchini
  • mushrooms
  • cabbage
  • brussel sprouts
  • yellow squash
  • greeen beans

For more low carb vegetables lists and more information on getting started with the keto lifestyle go to out Getting Started section for free PDF printables, lists, information, macro calculator and more.

mac and cheese in frypan on grey table


Well as I mentioned I am not a huge cauliflower fan however, I have made quite a few recipes now that I love.

If you are like me and not a big fan try some of the super low carb keto cauliflower recipes and let me know what you think. Honestly, there are some cracking good recipes here.

  1. Keto Potato Salad
  2. Cheese and Bacon Cauliflower Buns
  3. Keto Cauliflower Wraps
  4. Creamy Chicken Za’atar
  5. How to make Cauliflower Rice Tasty
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Try the cauliflower potato salad


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cauliflower mac and cheese in small frying pan


This is one recipe that will have nothing but clean plates for the dishwasher. Even cauliflower “hating” kids have been known to clean the plate and ask for more. It is creamy, cheesy and better than a potato bake or “mac and cheese.” Bonus points because it is an easy bake too.
5 from 46 votes!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 384kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 4 serves
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  • 400 g cauliflower cut into florets
  • 100 g cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream 125g
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing 125g click for recipe
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 50g
  • 4 slices streaky bacon roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives finely sliced



  • Preheat oven to 180 ̊C.
  • Pan fry bacon until crispy. Reserve.
  • Steam cauliflower for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, place into microwave-safe dish and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Cover and cook on high for 10-15 minutes, or until just tender.
  • Combine cream cheese, cream, ranch dressing, jalapeños, and half the cheese. Stir through cauliflower, add half the bacon, and half the chives.
  • Transfer to a small baking dish. Top with remaining bacon and cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cheese is lightly golden. Serve with a sprinkle of chives.


  • Preheat oven to 180 ̊C.
  • Pan fry bacon until crispy. Reserve.
  • Pour 600g of water into mixing bowl and insert the steaming basket. Place cauliflower florets into basket. Steam 15 min/Varoma/speed 2. Set aside to cool slightly. Discard water.
  • Place the cream cheese, cream, ranch dressing and jalapeños into mixing bowl. Heat 2 min/60 ̊C/ speed 2.
  • Stir through half the cheese, half the bacon and half the chives. Follow from Step 4 in conventional method.



Cauliflower Mac and Cheese will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge. Alternatively store in an airtight bag or container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Add extra vegetables if preferred. Some sautéed mushrooms would be an amazing addition.
Cooked chicken and/or prawns also can be added for a more hearty meal.
This recipe is based on 4 servings as a side or for 2 servings as a meal in itself. This recipe can easily be made in larger quantities for entertaining.
Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is perfect served hot or cold.
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Serving: 1serve | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1065IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 26mg | Net Carbs: 5g
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  • Paula says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, so tasty as a main or side. And very easy to make.

  • Lynda H says:

    5 stars
    Making this tonight as a side dish to another one of your favourite outlet dishes you have created Megan 😍
    I’m not a cauliflower eater especially when it’s frozen and diluted with extra water.
    Can not wait for my dinner tonight 💫🤤
    I can’t believe how simple it is to make it !!

  • Rochelle B says:

    5 stars
    I just made this with added broccoli for dinner… it was soooooooo good!

  • Belinda says:

    5 stars
    I don’t normally like cauliflower but loved this recipe. Thank you Megan, I am so glad I have bought your latest two books!

  • SANDY says:

    Instead of grams what is recipe in ounces? And is thicken cream ..heavy ?cream ?

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      Hi Sandy, If you search under the list of ingredients you will find a button to change it to cups and oz. Heavy cream is the same as thickened too. Merry Christmas

  • Shelly says:

    5 stars
    I can’t rave enough about this recipe. Since discovering it, it has been on the regular rotation pretty much weekly! Really hits the spot as the weather cools down too—even my non keto partner adores it! He likens it to his favourite jalapeño loaded fries, but better 🙂

    Hot tip: I make up the ranch which lasts for 3 batches of this Mac and cheese, plus a little left for drizzling on salads along the way 😉

    PS: I’m not a dill fan, so just left it out of the ranch spice mix and it was still amazing, if there are others on the fence about trying it! I always like to make a recipe exact to instructions first time before adapting it to my taste (I reckon you can’t really judge a recipe if you have subbed all the things right out of the gate!), so my non-love of dill held me back for far too long. I had the recipe book for almost a year before trying it, and realising what I was missing! So my fellow dill-avoidant, I say: makes this sans-dill right now. You are welcome in advance 😉

  • Monika says:

    I just made this now. Absolutely delicious. Thank you

  • Lisa K says:

    5 stars
    This is so simple but so delicious and a firm favourite to add to your pork crackling crusted schnitty.

  • Tracy Wilkinson says:

    5 stars
    I am so happy with this recipe. Tasty, spicy and the RANCH dressing is honestly what brings this to life. Make it and you’ll have left overs for any meals that need a push with dressings etc. I am loving Megan and her amazing recipes and am going to make a new one everyday. So excited for losing weight and eating delicious dishes. Thanks Megan & Dave

  • Helen Jack says:

    5 stars
    This is simply divine! So nice to have hot or cold. You never feel like you are missing out with your recipes Megan; this is a classic example. This is a regular in our household!

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