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jalapeno popper cauliflower mac and cheese
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Cauliflower Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

A delicious mac and cheese made with jalapeno popper flavours and served over cauliflower for a healthier, low carb version of a classic dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower, flour free, gluten free, keto, kid friendly
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 505kcal
Author Rach


  • 1 head of cauliflower chopped into florets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers
  • 2 cups milk or cream
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 ounces parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 5 strips bacon cooked and crumbled optional


  • Preheat your oven to 450 F.
  • Place the cauliflower pieces on a large baking sheet, and toss with olive oil.
  • Add whole jalapenos to the baking sheet.
  • Season with salt and place in a single layer. Place the cauliflower in the oven on the middle rack and roast for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.
  • When finished roasting, de-seed the jalapeno and remove stem, dice.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Add diced jalapeno to the pan.
  • Add milk and cream and seasonings.
  • Stir over medium-low heat until the mixture starts to simmer and thickens.
  • Add cream cheese and stir to melt.
  • Turn off the heat and add the rest of the cheese, stir to melt.
  • Place roasted cauliflower into an 8x8" or equivalent greased baking dish.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over cauliflower. Add crumbled bacon, if using, and sprinkle with any additional cheese if you wish.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Optional: Broil for additional 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese.


Calories: 505kcal