This recipe for easy cheesy cauliflower and peas is a perfect vegetable dish for when you're still craving some comfort food but want it a little healthier. It can be a main dish or a side! You'll want to make this if you are looking to eat more veggies and want them cheddar cheese-y!
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Cauliflower. It can be so many things!
We really love it over at Trial and Eater because of its versatility.
And I've seen people even try to say it replaces pasta for mac and cheese.
Now, I'm not going to go that far! Others may call this keto mac and cheese, but I'm calling it as it is – cheesy cauliflower.
It IS however, keto. While I don't follow a keto diet, I have learned a little bit about what recipes count as such. So if you're a vegetarian keto, this might be perfect for you.
If you want to just drown the cauliflower florets with the cheese sauce and call it a day, pretending you ate some cheesy pasta – I'm not going to stop you.
I did however consult my Vegetarian Flavor Bible (affiliate) and see what else might go with this dish to make it more interesting.
Not only does it add a great pop of color, but also makes it feel more like a meal.
And that extra serving of vegetables doesn't hurt either.
All you need to do is roast the cauliflower until crispy, and while that's in the oven you can make the cheese sauce.
Pour the cheese, add the peas!
Did I mention it's only really 5 ingredients?
Now that is what I call easy cheesy.
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (plus more for sprinkling if desired)
- 1 cup peas, rinsed
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Toss cauliflower florets with melted butter and spread out on a baking sheet.
- Roast cauliflower at 400°F for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, heat cream and cheddar cheese in a pot over medium heat. Whisk occasionally until melted.
- Pour cheese mixture over the roasted cauliflower florets and mix until evenly coated.
- Stir in rinsed peas.
- Top with salt and pepper, and extra shredded cheese if using. Serve warm.
To cut down on calories, you can reduce the cheese sauce ingredients by up to half. (Still equal parts heavy cream and cheese.) This will still give you the taste of the cheese sauce but the cauliflower won't be drowning in it!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 736 Total Fat: 63g Saturated Fat: 38g Trans Fat: 2g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 185mg Sodium: 637mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 27g