Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin - Lightened up, no-cream creamy cauliflower gratin that's so easy to prepare and makes for one delicious Holiday side dish recipe! 

Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin

Cheesy and creamy cauliflower gratin that's easy to prepare and makes for one delicious Holiday side dish recipe! 

Blue: 10   Green: 10   Purple: 10   Freestyle: 10
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 256 kcal



  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1-2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded Manchego Cheese or Gouda Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon or to taste chili powder
  • pinch of ground nutmeg


  • 2 pound head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • Spanish paprika (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped almonds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet.
  3. Add the flour and whisk over medium-high heat for 1 minute.
  4. Add the milk and the half-and-half; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and whisk in the cheese.
  6. Whisk in the thyme, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, chili powder, and nutmeg; set aside and keep warm.
  7. In a large skillet, bring 1/2 inch of salted water to a boil.
  8. Add the cauliflower florest; cover and cook over high heat for 5 minutes.
  9. Drain the cauliflower in a colander.

  10. Melt remaining butter in a skillet.

  11. Add the onion and cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
  12. Stir in the minced garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  13. Add the prepared cauliflower florets to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.

  14. Transfer the cauliflower to a 2 quart baking dish and spread the prepared cheese sauce on top.

  15. Sprinkle the top with the chopped almonds and paprika; bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until bubbling and browned on top.

  16. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

WW Freestyle Smart Points: 10

MAKE AHEAD: The gratin can be done ahead of time! Prepare the cheese sauce and the cauliflower; put it all in a baking dish and refrigerate over night. When ready, bring it to room temperature before baking.


Inspired by: Food & Wine

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 241mg10%
Potassium 631mg18%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 74.8mg91%
Calcium 310mg31%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.