Cauliflower Cheese

  • 5MINS
  • 40MINS
  • 365KCAL

Perhaps not quite as you know it, this Cauliflower Cheese is packed with flavour, texture, and best of all cheese!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories365
  • Carbs27g
  • Protein35g
  • Fat11g
  • Saturates5.2g
  • Sugars10g

This Cauliflower Cheese is such a tasty lunchtime option – filling and full of lovely vegetables.

Even if you’re not usually a fan of traditional cauliflower cheese, it’s worth giving this recipe a go. It is great as a main dish, or on the side of something entirely different.

One way of putting our Cauliflower Cheese to good use is coupling it with our Roast Beef and Gravy. It’s a lovely, cheesy addition to the traditional Sunday roast.

Make your cauliflowers go further! If you’re a big fan of cauliflower, then we have lots of other great recipes, like our Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup.

What diets is this Cauliflower Cheese suitable for?

This Cauliflower Cheese recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

Please make sure to double and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cauliflower Cheese recipe?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Cauliflower Cheese recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Cauliflower Cheese recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Cauliflower Cheese recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

It’s super tasty and filling so you could easily serve half a portion and enjoy it with extra vegetables or a side plate!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cauliflower Cheese?

You don’t need any special ingredients for this recipe.

How many calories are in this Cauliflower Cheese?

There are 332 calories per portion in this Cauliflower Cheese, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Cauliflower Cheese is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Start by chopping the cauliflower into florets, and the leeks and onions into slices. Put the cauliflower into a pan of boiling water and cook until tender.

Step 2

Meanwhile, fry the leeks and onions in low calorie cooking spray until they’re nice, soft and golden. Once the cauliflower is cooked, drain and combine the two in a pot and mix, along with the vegetable stock pot. If you overcook the cauliflower, you’ll find that it might go a little mushy. Don’t worry, it’ll still taste good! (I sometimes find that mixing the vegetable stock pot in a little bit of boiling water in a mug until it’s a thickish paste is better).

Step 3

Once all that is combined, add the cottage cheese and mix until it’s… mixed in! Add to a dish and sprinkle over the cheese. Put under the grill until the cheese is golden brown. Eat and enjoy!

What could I serve with this Cauliflower Cheese?

Any of the following recipes would go great with this Cauliflower Cheese recipe:

Roast Beef and Gravy pinchofnom.com
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How do you know when this Cauliflower Cheese is cooked?

The leeks and onions should be nice, soft and golden. The mix should go under the grill until the cheese is golden brown.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Cauliflower Cheese in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Cauliflower Cheese in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Cauliflower Cheese?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following:

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Cauliflower Cheese?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Cauliflower Cheese

Perhaps not quite as you know it, this Cauliflower Cheese is packed with flavour, texture, and best of all cheese!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    40 MINS
  • KCals 365
  • Carbs 27G
  • WW Points:
  • 5 Green
  • 5 Blue
  • 5 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 Large cauliflower
  • 2 red onion
  • 2 leeks
  • 250 g low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 vegetable stock pot
  • 40 g low fat cheddar cheese grated
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Start by chopping the cauliflower into florets, and the leeks and onions into slices. Put the cauliflower into a pan of boiling water and cook until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the leeks and onions in low calorie cooking spray until they're nice, soft and golden. Once the cauliflower is cooked, drain and combine the two in a pot and mix, along with the vegetable stock pot. If you overcook the cauliflower, you'll find that it might go a little mushy. Don't worry, it'll still taste good! (I sometimes find that mixing the vegetable stock pot in a little bit of boiling water in a mug until it's a thickish paste is better)
  3. Once all that is combined, add the cottage cheese and mix until it's... mixed in! Add to a dish and sprinkle over the cheese. Put under the grill until the cheese is golden brown. Eat and enjoy!

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RachelSaturday 30th May 2020

Can you really taste the cottage cheese? I really hate cottage cheese but this looks so good!

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    LisaSunday 31st May 2020

    Hi Rachel. It doesn’t really taste of cottage cheese, but you could always blitz the cottage cheese in a blender to disguise it even more! Hope this helps!

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Sarah BennettSunday 22nd March 2020

What’s a ‘small’ pot of cottage cheese? Please can you quantify? Thank you.

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    Holly LevellMonday 18th May 2020

    Hi Sarah, We’ve updated this recipe to read 250g low fat cottage cheese, hope that helps!

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KerryMonday 30th September 2019

Has anyone got the recipe for the broccoli cheese that used to be on here?

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    Holly LevellMonday 18th May 2020

    Hi Kerry, you can find our Broccoli Cheese recipe in our second book.

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LucySaturday 22nd June 2019

Is this 332 calories per portion/person?

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    Sharon FitzpatrickThursday 21st May 2020

    Hi Lucy, this recipe is marked as having 365 calories. This is per portion. Thanks for your question and hope you enjoy this recipe.

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DaniSaturday 11th August 2018

Hi, can this be reheated the next day? Or frozen?

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TraceyMonday 4th June 2018

Just wondering if I use a stock cube how much water do I add please .

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MarieTuesday 1st May 2018

Sounds yum, so I don’t have leeks or cottage cheese at the minute but I want to use up a cauliflower …….. can I use quark instead??? What could I sub for leeks??

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Julie ReesWednesday 14th March 2018

Recipes sound good. Will give it a go. Thanks.

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Denise MurphyTuesday 13th March 2018

Haven’t seen the stock pots here in the USA what alternative can I use.

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    Jo HarringtonTuesday 12th March 2019

    Could you use a mixture of quark and primula cheese to make a sauce?

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      CateMonday 8th April 2019

      You can certainly give it a go! Primula makes a great cheese sauce, just be careful with the quark as it can split if heated too quickly 🙂

Val AllenWednesday 7th March 2018

Hi Kate,
This is the nicest cottage cheese /cauliflower dish ever ! Love the idea of onions & leeks..makes it sooo tasty. Added some broccoli too this time. . Thank you .
Val.

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AmySunday 7th January 2018

Hi, can you freeze any leftovers?
I’m loving PON…I’m not doing SW strictly, just being careful with what I eat. For the last week I have cooked something from PON each night and they have all gone down a storm x

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Shelly tiffinThursday 28th September 2017

How much water do you need to add to the stick pot before adding to veg please

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Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

Hi Alison,

Thanks for getting in touch! ????

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NikiWednesday 12th April 2017

Oh my goodness. I was a bit unsure that this was going to work for me with the cottage cheese part of it (love cottage cheese but just wasn’t sure it would add anything to cauliflower cheese), but with Aldi having Cauliflower, Broccoli and Leeks in their super six this week at 29p each, I thought I would give it a go. I used both cauliflower and broccoli, using a whole head of caul and a whole pack of broc. Used just 1 tub of cottage cheese and half tub of quark (cause it’s all I had in the fridge), I also used 80g of the cheese on top as there was so much with the broc as well. Then I baked in the oven for 15 minutes rather than grilling it. OMG it’s gorgeous. Loved it. It worked. So much so that I am nipping down to Aldi to get all the ingredients to make another one for over Easter. Even hubby enjoyed it!

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    KateSunday 16th April 2017

    Hi Niki
    Glad you like it

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KimSaturday 4th March 2017

Can I use Quorn instead of cottage cheese

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    KateMonday 6th March 2017

    Hi Kim
    Do you mean Quark? If you do then yes you can use it instead of cottage cheese

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LisaMonday 9th January 2017

How many grams is the cottage cheese as the pots of cottage cheese come in different sizes

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    KateMonday 9th January 2017

    Hi Lisa,
    It’s just a regular sized pot not the large one. So 1 and a half 300g pots, which is about 450g

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