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Creamy Mashed Cauliflower with butter.

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

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WW Freestyle: 3
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time3 mins
Total Time20 mins
This Creamy Mashed Cauliflower recipe will make you forget that mashed potatoes even exist! A comforting, buttery and garlicky mashed cauliflower recipe that is VERY easy to make and it’s done in just 15 minutes! It's low in carbs but BIG on flavor.
Course: Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: American, American/Southern
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 121


  • 8 cups cauliflower florets, about 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning, or any other dried seasonings that you prefer
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • IF ROASTING THE CAULIFLOWER: Preheat oven to 450˚F. Toss the cauliflower florets with a tablespoon of olive oil; spread on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, or until tender.
  • IF BOILING THE CAULIFLOWER: Fill a large frying pan with 1/4 inch water; add 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Add cauliflower florets; cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes, or until tender and soft. DRAIN WELL and set aside for 3 minutes to steam-dry.
  • In a large frying pan (use the same pan that you used for the cauliflower, just wipe it down) melt 1/2 tablespoon butter.
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Remove from heat.
  • Stir steamed (or roasted) cauliflower florets to the pan with the garlic.
  • Add remaining butter and buttermilk.
  • Grab the immersion blender and blend to a desired consistency.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly. Add more butter or buttermilk to make it creamier.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.
  • Serve.


  • Out of buttermilk? Grab my recipe for HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK
  • Let the steamed cauliflower florets cool down for 3 minutes after you’ve drained them. This way the cauliflower will steam-dry as it cools and it will absorb some of that water.
  • If using a traditional blender, you will need to blend the cauliflower in batches.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 493mg21%
Potassium 649mg19%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Vitamin C 97.4mg118%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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