Cauliflower in Cheese Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Posted for ZWT-6, this recipe comes from the Usborne Children's World Cookbook that gramma gave my son when he was first learning to cook. Any strong-flavored cheese will work in this recipe, such as cheddar, but if you are looking for an authentic Dutch flavor, choose either Edam or Gouda. The servings, cook & prep time are estimates.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower, rinse it well and then cut out the core. Cut the rest into four pieces.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and then add the cauliflower. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until tender. Drain and put it into an ovenproof casserole dish.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, over low heat.
  4. Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon to make a smooth paste.
  5. Cook the mixture gently for a minute, then take the pan off the heat.
  6. Stir in the milk, a little at a time.
  7. Return the pan to the heat and let it cook on low for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Stir most of the grated cheese into the saucepan to melt. Season it with pinches of the salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  9. When the sauce has melted, pour over the cauliflower and sprinkle the reserved cheese on top.
  10. Place under the broiler for a few minutes and until the top starts to bubble and brown.
Most Helpful

My family really liked this. A simple and easy recipe to make. Very flavorful. Used Cheddar cheese for the sauce. Thank You. Made for ZWT6 Family Picks. No-Nonsense Nibblers.

MomLuvs6 June 30, 2010

Very good! This one is a keeper. I used more (1/4 tsp each) black pepper and nutmeg, and was very happy with the result. I used Gouda as suggested in the recipe description. I think the Gouda is a better choice than Cheddar to pair with the nutmeg. After removing the dish from the broiler, I sprinkled a tiny bit more black pepper and nutmeg on top for color. Made for ZWT 6 and the Whine & Cheese Gang.

Kathy :-( June 07, 2010

Totally delicious - this is an old favourite and easy to make. I also added some cooked diced bacon to the sauce - so yummy - made for ZWT 6.

katew June 07, 2010