Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese

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An easy and cheesy Cauliflower and Cheese recipe made in the crock pot. You won’t believe how cheesy this cauliflower is and it only requires about 5 minutes of hands on time.

Cauliflower with Cheese in a light blue bowl.


Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese is full of cheesy goodness and your crock pot does practically all the work for you. Just 3 to 3 1/2 hours in the crock pot with a can of condensed cheddar soup, some evaporated milk, a little onion, salt, pepper, and paprika, plus a bunch of cheddar cheese is all it takes.

Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese

I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time coming up with different side dish ideas. We tend to eat the same ones over and over. Green beans, peas, and corn get more than their fair share at our dinner table.

Cauliflower is something I hardly ever think to cook. Some people love cauliflower, others hate it.

But I don’t think there’s any denying that cauliflower and cheese were meant for each other.

Fork lifting up piece of cauliflower and cheese.


I mean, just look at how perfect those cauliflower florets look bathed in cheese sauce.

Cauliflower is a great vegetable choice in the fall when it is in season, but to be honest, the quality of the cauliflower at my local market seems to be pretty consistent year round. That makes cauliflower a great choice anytime of year!

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Bowl of Cauliflower and Cheese with large serving bowl in background.


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Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese

Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, crock pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Tender and cheesy cauliflower is a cinch to make in a crock pot.
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  • Grease the inside of a 6-quart crock pot.
  • Place cauliflower florets in crock pot.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine remaining ingredients. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted.
  • Pour sauce over cauliflower.
  • Cover crock pot and cook on low for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, depending on how tender you want the cauliflower.


Note: Do not use extra-sharp cheddar cheese. It is too acidic and can turn grainy.
It's also best NOT to use pre-shredded cheese.


Calories: 244kcal

Originally published September 23, 2014.

I use the Hamilton Beach Programmable 6-quart Slow Cooker.

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95 thoughts on “Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, Christin! I’ve been trying to watch my carbs, and I miss mac and cheese so much. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  2. canned cheese soup freaked me out, but my daughter had made alfredo sauce from organic ingredients and put it in the fridge so I decided to pour that over my cauliflower since it contained butter, cream and cheese.

  3. Just curious about how much cauliflower ? My husband bought a medium size one, but after making into florets it looks a like a lot for a 4 quart crock pot.

  4. My mother used to make this and then made Macaroni and Cheese with the extra cheese sauce then baked it for a little bit to get the crust on top of the mac ‘n’ cheese. We always liked it, had a few random pieces of cauliflower in it too.

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  6. Just made this yesterday. Looked nothing like the pictures, looked absolutely disgusting. The milk curdled. BUT tasted amazing! Was a winner with my picky 15 month old nephew. Will have to try again, maybe add the shredded cheese at the end and stir to melt while still in slow cooker.

      1. i wonder if the pre shredded cheese we buy is the problem, it has anti caking ingredients like cellulose that could be the problem

  7. Covered in a thick gooey cheesy sauce?! Yes please! I can only imagine how awesome this would make my house smell cooking all day. So trying this!

  8. I used sharp cheddar, because I had a hard time finding regular. I know you said to not use extra sharp, but would sharp work okay?

  9. While this certainly looks delicious, I’m a little confused as to how it is low-carb? I plugged in all the ingredients on MyFitnessPal and separated out per serving, and it’s showing 75.3g Carbs with 13.9g Fiber, leaving you at over 50g carbs for one serving. For those of us on a strict low-carb diet, this is WELL over the daily allowance! Such a bummer, it looked too good to be true. aybe one day I’ll try my hand at low-carb-ing the recipe, but until then I’ll have to archive it 🙁

    1. Hi Christin,

      Apologies, I meant to add this to the Buzzfeed article that listed your recipe as a low-carb option. It’s clear on your page you haven’t claimed it to be low carb. Not sure why Buzzfeed did that!

      1. uh NO the idea of an allowed CHEAT DAY is your opinion only…too many go off track with too much of this… a huge carb hit may negate 2 weeks of getting into Keto.

        1. My nutritionist told me it takes 4 days of healthy eating to negate a cheat day. If you are trying to lose that means 5 days of no change.

          1. I did slow carb, basically atkins but i can have beans, and i HAD to do a cheat day because it resets your metabolism. I lost 100lbs doing this. So maybe bad for some and maybe good for some, ya never know

    2. No sure what you plugged into MFP I just put it in MFP and it came out low?
      This is what I plugged in:
      5 fluid ounce, Evaporated Milk
      0.50 teaspoon, Salt
      0.50 tsp, ground, Pepper
      0.50 tsp, Spices, paprika
      1 large head, Cauliflower Head, Large
      1 container (1 3/10 cup (120ml) ea.), Cheddar Cheese Soup
      0.25 onion (medium), Onion
      2 cup, Cheddar Shredded

      calories 242
      % Daily Value *
      Total Fat 15 g 24 %
      Saturated Fat 9 g 47 %
      Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
      Trans Fat 0 g
      Cholesterol 40 mg 13 %
      Sodium 784 mg 33 %
      Potassium 65 mg 2 %
      Total Carbohydrate 15 g 5 %
      Dietary Fiber 3 g 14 %
      Sugars 5 g
      Protein 13 g 26 %
      Vitamin A 14 %
      Vitamin C 116 %
      Calcium 35 %
      Iron 3

      When you copy a link into MFP it doesn’t always pull up the proper measurement or item. I had to co in and correct 4 out of the 8

  10. I’d love to try this! Do you have any suggestions on what temperature and a cooking time if I wanted to make this in an oven instead of a slow cooker? Thanks!

  11. Made this today for easter dinner. Followed the recipe exactly. It took 5 1/2 hours, and the texture of the cauliflower ended up rubbery. I’d have to rate this a FAIL.

  12. Good Morning,
    I really love your website and recipies, I only have one question. On the recipies I am looking at, they say low carb but there are no carb values. Can you add carb, fiber values. I am what is called a brittle diabetic and must count carbs. Thank you for your time.

  13. Just made this tonight..If you doubel the recipe allow 6-6.5hrs cooking.. Mine is still cooking after 5hrs in the crock pot. Pieces are still hard 🙁

  14. Would I be able to use frozen cauliflower instead? I have a hard time finding good fresh cauliflower that doesn’t have bugs in it, for some reason.

  15. I followed the recipe exactly as is written, and it was delicious. No need to change anything. This makes a ver filling main meal with some crusty bread to scoop up the remaining sauce. Yum, yum.

  16. Is there any way to cook on medium or high or will that change the outcome? I get off work too late to cook for the full 3 hours but would love to try it.

  17. Is there any substitute for the cheddar soup? Like cheddar chunks or sth? Where i live i cant find any of it!

  18. Do you think this would work with cream of mushroom soup? It’s all I have on hand currently and I don’t feel like packing up 2 kids for one can of soup.

    1. I think the flavor will be very different if you use cream of mushrooms soup and I haven’t tried it that way so I can’t comment as to how it would taste. If you try it that way please let us know if you liked it.

  19. Just ate this. SO GOOD. I added a little (okay, quite a bit) of Parmesan to it also just cause I had it. I couldn’t find a mild cheddar at the store so I used medium and it came out very very slightly grainy. I had a lot of extra sauce but that was probably because the cauliflower head was pretty small. I’m not complaining about extra sauce. I’ll just dip other veggies into the excess 😉 I may have put too much evaporated milk because I couldn’t find a can that had less than 12 oz so I just eyeballed it. Anyway, thank you for sharing this recipe! Absolutely loved it!

  20. hellu! could you please show me some picture of ´1 can condensed cheddar soup +
    1 can evaporated milk? I can´t see wath it is in my country …

    1. I have no idea. I just made it exactly as the recipe stated and mine curdled as well. Tasted good. Looked awful. Leftovers I heated and immersion blended and added milk to make cauliflower cheese soup.

      1. I just happened to be reading a Cook’s Country recipe for crock pot scalloped potatoes and it said not to use extra-sharp cheddar because it gets grainy in a slow cooker. They suggest using sharp cheddar. Maybe that could be the issue?

  21. I wanted something I didn’t have to cook first so I made this a little easier and not vegetarian. .instead of sauteing first, I combined all ingredients in a mixing bowl and added a whole can evaporated milk, 2 cups diced ham and instead of cheddar cheese soup added cream of chicken. Also added 1 tbs of minced garlic, a dash of cayenne pepper, onion powder, mustard powder and parsley flakes. Pour into crock pot on low and walk away for 4-5 hrs… SUPERB!!!!

  22. We love cauliflower at our house! And I have never thought to do it in the crockpot – such a great idea. And I don’t think I could turn down all that cheese!

  23. You make even veggies look good with all of that cheesy wonderfulness. You know how hard it is getting your kids to eat their veggies but this time it will be a breeze ad they might actually ask for seconds…

  24. Oh yum! I am a big fan of cauliflower and drizzling it in that awesome cheesy goodness sounds amazing! Love love love that you made it in the slow cooker too 🙂

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