Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan Recipe
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Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan Recipe

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I couldn’t shake my mashed potato habit, until I tried cauliflower mashed to a similar consistency. I started making my own, and my family loves it. —Meredith Howard, Franklin, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 2-1/2 pounds), broken into florets
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream or half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 154 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Place 1 in. of water and cauliflower in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, covered, 10-12 minutes or until soft. Drain.
  2. Mash cauliflower to desired consistency. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese, cream, butter and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and, if desired, parsley. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan in Taste of Home December 2014, p25

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Cerissa User ID: 9115532 263750
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"Kids loved it too!"

begirvan User ID: 4566440 242083
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"I can't wait to try this. Does anyone know if this can be frozen. I would like to put into single serving containers for future meals."

LorraineT200 User ID: 801487 237113
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"Tasty side dish!"

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 223469
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"A great way to perk up cauliflower! Serving it mashed makes it easy to add things. Next time, since our family likes thicker sauces. I might add flour to the butter and cream to make a roux to add the cheese to."

Orbs User ID: 7287623 222359
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"Delicious! I cut the recipe in 1/2. It was a new and tasty way to enjoy cauliflower."

kredhead User ID: 710648 219366
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"Zorns makes mashed cauliflower to die for, this recipe is just like theirs-I've been looking for their recipe & this is it. I added extra parmesan to the cauliflower, salt & pepper on the top. Delicious. Easy & quick, we thought it was a great way to eat fresh cauliflower. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow. i might add garlic to the next batch I make, it will be made again & again."

adkhkr User ID: 6645973 216819
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"I made this last night for my mother, who loves cauliflower. It was absolutely delicious. Thank goodness I had some left over, because she wanted it again tonight. I added a little milk tonight to moisten it up, because it had been in the refrigerator since last night. It really is easy and quick to make."

Beema User ID: 446601 214467
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"I have mashed cauliflower before, but the addition of the Parmesan Cheese makes this recipe extra special. We loved it. As a volunteer field editor, I rate this recipe 5 stars, and I am going to tell all my friends about it, and how easy it is to make!"

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