Parmesan cauliflower cheese

Parmesan cauliflower cheese
In this recipe, the cauliflower is cooked first in milk and this is used to make a Parmesan-bechamel sauce. The dish is topped with more Parmesan before being browned in the oven.
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Last modified on: December 1st 2021

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You will need:
  • 1 cauliflower 1 cauliflower
  • 2 whole milk 1 litre whole milk
  • 3 grated nutmeg grated nutmeg
  • 4 flour 100 g flour
  • 5 Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano) 80 g Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • 6 salt salt
  • 7 pepper pepper
  • Total weight: 2,380 grams

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
39 min.55 min.1 hour 34 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 20 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Prepare 1 cauliflower.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Put the cauliflower in a large pan and cover with 1 litre whole milk. Salt, pepper and add nutmeg to taste.

Stage 3 - 15 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Bring to the boil and cook until the cauliflower is barely tender (do not overcook).

Stage 4 - 4 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Take the cauliflower out of the pan with a skimmer or araignée (spider) and transfer to a colander to drain. Keep the milk.

Stage 5 - 4 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Butter a gratin dish generously and add the cauliflower (thoroughly drained).

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Bring the milk used to cook the cauliflower back to a simmer.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Tip in 100 g flour all at once...

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
...and mix thoroughly with a whisk.

Keep stirring until the bechamel thickens.

Check the seasoning.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Add 80 g Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)...

Stage 10 - 3 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
...and stir until the cheese has melted.

Your Parmesan and cauliflower-flavoured bechamel is ready.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Pour a generous amount of sauce over the cauliflower.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Scatter a little more Parmesan over, or use a different cheese for the topping, such as Comté, Emmental, Cheddar...

Stage 13 - 30 min.
Parmesan cauliflower cheese
Bake for about 30 minutes.

As always with gratin-style dishes, you can finish with a quick blast under the grill for 2 or 3 minutes to brown the top.
You may well have some sauce left over after stage 11. This can be kept in the fridge for several days in a sealed container.
1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made, based on a recipe by Diego Alary.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,555 Kcal or 6,510 Kj115 gr147 gr56 gr
78 %44 %14 %8 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
65 Kcal or 272 Kj5 gr6 gr2 gr
3 %2 %1 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten
How much will it cost?
  • For : 4.44 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Whole milkWhole milk: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Rice pudding with fruit and nuts, Vanilla ice cream, Poached eggs with spinach and Comté milk, Celeriac and parsley soup, Pear and chocolate tart with a hint of mint, ... All
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Bonnevaux apple tart, Red mullet fillets with a reduced white-wine sauce, Fruit crumble, Old style brioche, Béarnaise sauce, ... All
Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Spinach and chick peas "à la milanaise", Purple Pesto, Meatballs, Nanou's red cabbage salad, Poivrade artichoke Salad, ... All
CauliflowerCauliflower: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Paella, How to prepare cauliflower, Warm cauliflower salad with two cheeses, Cauliflower "moelleux" in ramekins, Vegetable tartare, ... All
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