Whipped Parmesan Cauliflower

Prep Time: 30 minutes (about 10 minutes hands-on)

Meal Notes: This lighter alternative to mashed potatoes is delicious, healthy, and easy. The cheesy, buttery vegetable puree goes nicely with almost any protein, but I especially recommend trying it with agrodulce pork chops, chicken with herb roasted tomatoes, or pan broiled steak.

Source: Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook by Gina Holmolka


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 Tablespoon butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup grated Harvarti cheese


  • Prep Ingredients: Cut cauliflower into florsets. Peel garlic. Grate Parmesan and Harvarti cheese separately and set aside.

  • Boil Cauliflower: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and garlic. Boil about 15-20 minutes, until cauliflower is soft. Drain in a collander and return cauliflower to pot.

  • Mash Cauliflower: Add the milk, Parmesan, butter, salt, and pepper to cauliflower. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth (or remove to a regular blender and puree in batches). Stir in the Harvarti until it has melted and serve hot.