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Hidden Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

This "healthier" version of homemade mac and cheese is packed with hidden bite-sized cauliflower pieces to give you a satisfying serving of veggies, proteins, and vitamins. Hidden Cauliflower Mac and Cheese takes only 20 minutes and is a great way to sneak some veggies into a favorite kid's classic! Made with evaporated milk, cream cheese, and whole milk for the creamiest homemade mac and cheese you'll ever have.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute dinner, mac and cheese, one pot meals
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Kristina Tipps


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • ½ head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper, to taste


  • Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the macaroni and cauliflower for 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat in a large shallow pan until foamy.
  • Add the paprika and flour and whisk until a paste forms, about 1 minute.
  • Add the whole milk, evaporated milk, and cream cheese. Whisk frequently, breaking up cream cheese with a wooden spoon. Cook until it bubbles, about 6 minutes.
  • Add the cheese 1 cup at a time, whisking constantly, until smooth, about 3 minutes total.
  • Season with salt and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes while whisking.
  • Add sauce to cooked pasta and cauliflower. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 5 days (or the freezer for 6 months)


Calories: 327kcal