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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

Katerina | Diethood
Cheesy and creamy cauliflower gratin that's easy to prepare and makes for one delicious Holiday side dish recipe! 
Servings : 6 Servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins


  • 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)


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet.
  • Add the flour and whisk over medium-high heat for 1 minute.
  • Add the milk and the half-and-half; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat and whisk in the cheese.
  • Whisk in the thyme, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, chili powder, and nutmeg; set aside and keep warm.
  • In a large skillet, bring 1/2 inch of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the cauliflower florest; cover and cook over high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the cauliflower in a colander.
  • Melt remaining butter in a skillet.
  • Add the onion and cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  • Add the prepared cauliflower florets to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the cauliflower to a 2 quart baking dish and spread the prepared cheese sauce on top.
  • Sprinkle the top with the chopped almonds and paprika; bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until bubbling and browned on top.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


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


Calories: 256 kcal | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Cholesterol: 45 mg | Sodium: 241 mg | Potassium: 631 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 7 g | Vitamin A: 450 IU | Vitamin C: 74.8 mg | Calcium: 310 mg | Iron: 1.1 mg | Net Carbs: 13 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower recipe, easy cauliflower recipes