Spicy Keto Cauliflower Mac N’ Cheese

Recipe by norasingley
READY IN: 18mins


  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1
    medium head cauliflower, trimmed, cored, and cut into very small florets (about 6 cups)
  • 1
    tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1
    medium onion, finely chopped
  • 12
    cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 4
    ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1 14
    cups lightly packed coarsely grated cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 12
    cup lightly packed coarsely grated gruyere (2 ounces)
  • 1
    teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 12
    garlic clove, finely grated
  • 12
    teaspoon cayenne, plus more to taste
  • 14
    teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more to taste
  • 23
    cup finely chopped toasted almond
  • 14
    cup finely chopped chives


  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until crisp tender, about 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. When foaming subsides, add onion and season generously with salt and pepper. Saute, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, 5 minutes.
  • Add milk and cream cheese and cook, stirring, until cream cheese is melted. Decrease heat to low and add cheddar, gruyere, dijon, garlic, cayenne, and nutmeg. Cook until cheese is melted and smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper and adjust with additional cayenne and nutmeg, if desired.
  • Add cauliflower, fold to coat with cheese sauce, and transfer to broiler. Broil until deeply golden and bubbling, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish with almonds and chives and serve immediately.