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cauliflower mac and cheese in small frying pan


Megan Ellam
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
Servings 4 serves
Calories 384 kcal


  • 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: 1serveCalories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 10gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 439mgPotassium: 423mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1065IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 1mgMagnesium: 26mgNet Carbs: 5g
Keyword cauliflower mac and cheese, cauliflower mac and cheese low carb, keto mac and cheese, ranch mac and cheese
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