Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Chives

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Mashed potatoes have starred in many a crowd-pleasing recipe around these parts. Bravo, mashed potato pancakes! Looking good, mashed potato muffins! Work it, mashed potato waffles! But now, there’s a new starch-free stunner in the spotlight: Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Chives.

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I know what you’re thinking. “There’s no way something that healthy can replace my beloved spuds.” But trust me on this one. A single bite of this cheesy mashed cauliflower will make you instantly forget its potato counterpart thanks to an equally as creamy texture and, dare I say, way better taste. All it takes is a dab of cream cheese, a sprinkle of Parmesan and chopped fresh chives to transform an ordinary vegetable into an extraordinary side dish.

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Side Dish

Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Chives

Bypass the potatoes in favor of this recipe for light and healthy Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Chives.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 2 Tablespoons cream cheese (regular or low fat)
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish


  • Trim the stem from the cauliflower and cut it into small florets.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets and simmer just until tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Drain the cauliflower florets and transfer them to a food processor. Add the cream cheese and Parmesan cheese to the food processor and pulse until creamy.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl, stir in the chives, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with additional chopped chives.
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Calories: 168kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 424mg, Potassium: 916mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 278IU, Vitamin C: 139mg, Calcium: 284mg, Iron: 1mg


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  1. Had to look it up because we needed cauliflower mash potatoes now that I’m feeding a family of six. Keep us posted on how to feed two young growing boys healthy.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was very good. I am a type 2 diabetic, and potatoes spike my sugar. This gave me the texture of a mashed potatoe but the lovely flavor of cauliflower.

    NOTE: I did not have any chives, but I tossed in a pinch of nutmeg, and it was quite yummy.

  3. Making the Cauliflower tater to tonight. Sounds fabulous and I have lots of fresh ones from my garden.
    Thank you for sharing these recipes. Can hardly wait for supper

  4. Absolutely loved this! Thank you for sharing!!! I made this for my mom tonight- some one who is very picky and claims to “hate” cauliflower”- but my mother loved it and when she was prepared to take a wimpy bite she ate an entire serving and I even caught her with her head and a spoon in the fridge later on with the leftovers. Thanks again!!! Loved this healthy alternative to mashed potatoes!

  5. I’ve been shying away from mashed potatoes lately because they just feel so heavy (and I’ve got a wedding dress to fit into). These look like the perfect alternative!! And we still get cheese. Hallelujah!

  6. Yes, please! I just got a food processor and this will have to happen soon! My BF dislikes cauliflower (or so he claims) – perhaps I can make this and see how he feels then!! ;)

  7. I can attest to the creaminess cauliflower can have, and it’s totally underrated. Love this simplicity and healthiness of this!

  8. Hi, I have to be honest, when I saw another cauliflower recipe, I nearly scrolled right past. Food blogs seem awash with them right now – buuuutttt I thought hang on, I love Cauliflower Cheese. So I read and am impressed enough to give it a try. I like the addition of chives, mine are just starting to grow again in the garden. Thanks for an inspired Cauli recipe. Sammie