Cauliflower in bechamel sauce

cheesy cauliflower bechamel

Hello everyone hope you had a nice week, I am so happy it is weekend and don’t have to go out in the cold, icy and snowy weather. This means more time for me to cook as this is what I love doing most. This recipe is definitely a wintery one but very delicious. I find cauliflower quite difficult to cook alone without mixing  it with  other ingredients which in most of the cases hide the real flavour. On the contrary, in this specific recipe  the cauliflower is put in the limelight and the flavour is beautifully enhanced by the creamy bechamel sauce and the nut meg. I think this recipe of cauliflower in bechamel sauce helps a lot re-evaluate the delicious taste of this “challenging” vegetable.

cheesy cauliflower bechamel ingredients

Serves: 4 People

Cooking Time: 45 min

 

To make this recipe you will need:

1 whole medium size Cauliflower

2 tablespoons of  plain Flour

3 glasses of Milk

100 gr of Cheddar

2 tablespoons of Butter

Nutmeg

Fresh Parsley

Salt

Thyme

 

The preparation:

First of all, cut the cauliflower into small pieces and boil until tender.

Meanwhile take 2 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of butter and gently mix them together until completely incorporated with each other, then while whisking slowly add some drops of milk , after that, carefully add the other milk and continue mixing.

When you notice the sauce is thickening add about 50-60 gr of cheddar, salt and grate the Nut Meg and mix until the sauce is creamy and the cheese is completely melted.

Tip: The bechamel sauce is ready when you dip the spoon in the  sauce and if you wipe with your finger in the back of it, the spoon stays clean.


How to make Bechamel sauce

Then when the cauliflower is cooked and the bechamel ready, place the cauliflower on a Pyrex then add the creamy bechamel, the grated cheddar, bread crumble and some parsley on the top.

Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes at 180C/gas mark 5 or until golden brown.

cheesy cauliflower bechamel preparation

I really hope you will like this recipe, I think it is a very interesting way of cooking cauliflower because the bechamel sauce and the nut meg make a perfect combination of flavours. You can use it as a base for pasta or rice and it goes perfectly as a side dish with some roasted salmon.

See you on the next recipe,

Enjoy!

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84 comments

  1. Mmmm…this looks yummy!

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    1. Thank you so much Eily Nash for the nice words. I am really happy you like it as not many people like cauliflower but I think it is a great and healthy vegetable!
      Have a nice Sunday,
      Alice

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      1. I love it Alice. I also love bechemel sauce which I usually have in Moussaka. So this is a definate must cook recipe! Thank you for sharing! Have a lovely weekend x

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      2. Thank you 🙂

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  2. That looks promising!

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    1. Thank you so much simplyvegetarian777. I am happy you like it!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  3. This is one of my all time fave comfort foods. I often add Dijon mustard to ramp up the flavour even more. I have a pyrex dish just like yours…is this one of the worlds most universal kitchen accessories…along with the red lettered measuring jug?

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    1. Lol, thank you for the nice words, Anna I will have to consider adding Dijon mustard next time I make it, thanks for the tip.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  4. My mom used to make this and I always loved it. For some reason I forgot about it… I will have to cook this again!!! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words, I am really happy this recipe brings good memories to you. Thanks for sharing it with me.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  5. Sometimes I steam a whole head of cauliflower until it is just fork-tender – easy to overdue it – cover it with a sauce similar to yours, and brown it just as you have done. I like it.

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    1. Thank you very much fromthefamilytable for the very kind words, I will try to steam it next time, thank you for the tip.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  6. I keep trying to gnaw through the computer screen but can’t get to the food. No fair.

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    1. Lol, sometimes I get the same feeling,too.
      Have a nice Sunday,
      Alice

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  7. Yes to all of this- cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies, and bechamel just makes everything better.

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    1. I completely agree with you A Famished Foodie, I am happy you like the recipe. Thank you again.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  8. My absolute favourite vegetable dish!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, and please do give it a go I am sure you will love the results .
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  9. looks delish! 😀

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    1. Thank you very much DailyMusing I am really happy you like this recipe.
      Have a nice Sunday,
      Alice

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  10. This looks absolutely lovely!! 🙂

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    1. Awww thank you so much for the lovely words, I am happy you like it.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  11. I do this with broccoli and it tastes great as well. I will have to try cauliflower.

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    1. I will try with broccoli next time, I am sure it will be delicious. Thanks for the tip!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  12. Such beautiful classic combination. Looks wonderful! Love the fresh nutmeg in there. It goes so perfectly with the Bechamel. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I really do appreciate. I love the fresh nutmeg,too. It gives to the bechamel a really nice nutty flavour.
      Have a nice Sunday,
      Alice

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  13. mzrubyred · · Reply

    Mmmmm yum yum!
    My favourite cauliflower cheese served with plain thick noodles. I haven’t used nutmeg though. I always put a spoon of mustard in mine but I will definitely try your recipe. Any chance of home delivery 😉

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    1. Lol, thank you so much mzrubyred for the lovely comment. I have never tried this with noodles but I will definitely do.
      Have a nice Sunday,
      Alice

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  14. This looks so yummy! I bet it’ll even win over my picky 2 year old! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much Meredith for the nice words. I really hope your 2 year old will like it, please do give it a go because the cauliflower flavour blends really well with that of the bechamel creamy sauce and the result is geniunely sweet and smooth texture.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  15. Great recipe! Anything with a Bechamel sauce, I’m in!

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    1. Lol,thank you for the nice words! 🙂

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  16. This looks so delicious! With potatoes off the menu, I’m always looking for ways to dress up cauliflower. I’ve never tried it with beschamel sauce, have to give it a whirl!

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    1. Thank you very much Cristina for the very nice words, please do give this version a go!
      I am sure you will like the results!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  17. I want this in my kitchen right now. Looks so good!

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    1. Awww thank you so much Rachel for the lovely comment! Please do give it go I am sure you will like the results!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  18. Thats some real nice stuff.. Looks very rich in flavor.. 🙂

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    1. Than you so much Eat All Fresh for the nice words.

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  19. Oh my, that looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely words. I am happy you like it.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  20. Oh, that looks delicious! Haven’t made cauliflower bake for a while, thanks for the reminder 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words, please do give it a go, I would love to hear from you the results!
      Have a nice week ahead,
      Alice

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  21. A true classic, Alice! I am quite fond of cauliflower and like the cheddar in the bechamel, really warming & comforting. Great start to the week, Nicole

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    1. Thank you so much Nicole for the lovely comment, I am happy you like it!
      Have a nice week ahead,
      Alice

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  22. Oh Yes!! Sign me up and sit me down. I also like the idea of adding a little Dijon – Kat

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  23. In England the classic is Cauliflower Cheese – cauli in a bechamel flavoured with cheese. I add a little powdered English Mustard to the roux and then lots of nutmeg to the white sauce BEFORE adding the cheese. And then a generous layer of cheese on the top to bubble over the top of the unctuous underneath. It’s particuarly delicious with a rare roast beef so the red juices run into the rich cheesy bechamel. Four girls grew up on it 🙂

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    1. Wow I love your version, the results must be delicious! 🙂

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  24. Sounds yummy! Love discovering ways to use cauliflower. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words, please do give it a go! Best wishes, Alice

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  25. Funny it is What i made tonight. But i don t put cheese With it, or Just some on the top to make a nice Crust on top…

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  26. WANT…it looks so delish!!

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    1. Aww thank you so much (I love the name of your blog) there is a hint of nut meg in the recipe,too. 😉

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      1. That comment just made my day ☺️

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  27. klasetoronto · · Reply

    Looks so delicious!! I might just try this!

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    1. Thank you very much for stopping by,
      I love the Cauliflower recipe, it’s so easy and yummy 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  28. This looks absolutely delightful, I am such a fan of Cauliflower cheese x

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel for the kindest words. I am relly happy you like it and find my recipe interesting!
      Have a nice weekend,
      Alice

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  29. boolaurene · · Reply

    Ah my other half discovered the wonders of mixing bechamel and cauliflower together. It’s delicious!

    x

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    1. Lol, thank you for the nice words boolaurene.I am very happy you like it! Thank you again!
      Have a nice weekend,
      Alice

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  30. Oh wow, just look at that bechamel sauce. You have definitely outdone yourself with this recipe

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your lovely words. You are so kind! 🙂
      Have a nice weekend,
      Alice

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  31. AngelaCosmicKick · · Reply

    This looks delicious! Thank you.

    It will be my next pasta base. Yum!

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    1. Thank you so much AngelaCosmicKick for the nice words. I hope you will like the results as much as I did.
      Have a nice weekend,
      Alice

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  32. I believe just about any vegetable will taste extra delicious in bechamel!

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment Marypilat

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    2. Lol, I completely agree with you!

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  33. …you had me at bechamel

    that looks delicious!

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    1. Lol, I am happy you like it, please do give it a go, I would love to hear from you the results!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  34. Globalresidence · · Reply

    Love this! Wishing you a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you so much, you too! 🙂

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  35. What a healthy way to enjoy a bechamel sauce!
    Kari

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    1. Thanks a lot for your nice comment Kari,
      I always try to make the traditional recipes but in an healthy version, easier to enjoy :):):)

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  36. April R · · Reply

    Ugh looks delishhhh

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    1. Thank you so much April R for the very nice comment. Please do give it a go, I am sure you will love the results.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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      1. I’m gonna try it but I’ll gave to alter it a bit cuz I’m lactose and gluten intolerant, but I will figure something out!

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      2. Thank you so much April R for wanting to try the recipe, please let me know your version. I am really curious to now the ingredients you will use!
        Best wishes,
        Alice

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      3. Will do!

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  37. Carmen Ploeg · · Reply

    Oh wow, this looks delicious! Makes me instantly hungry! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Carmen for the nice words. I am happy you like the recipe and please do give it a go!
      Best wishes,
      alice

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      1. Carmen Ploeg · ·

        Oh, I will most definitely try it! 🙂

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  38. Cauliflower is the one veg I don’t get along with, but everything is better with some béchamel sauce and cheese. I’m making this in winter when cauliflower is plenty. Looks tasty!

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    1. Thank you so much eternianetta for the nice comment. Please do let me know how it goes, I would love to hear from you the results. Hope cauliflower will taste much better after this. ☺
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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