Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Published March 8, 2018. Updated October 10, 2018

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Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic is likely to become a new dinner staple! It’s flavorful, it’s creamy and it’s surprisingly filling. Plus it’s a healthy side dish that the whole family can enjoy and it pairs well with just about anything.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be making mock mashed potatoes. But here we are and I’m actually kind of obsessed – it must be that roasted garlic.

Don’t get me wrong though I’m definitely not giving up Mom’s Mashed Potatoes, I was just looking for something else to add to the rotation to switch things up.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

How to Make Mashed Cauliflower

  • Roast the garlic in the oven until golden brown.
  • Steam cauliflower over stovetop.
  • Remove garlic from skins add to a food processor along with cauliflower, parmesan, butter, Greek yogurt, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Remove top insert from food processor and process until smooth.
  • Serve warm with parsley and another dab of butter if desired.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

The Addition of Roasted Garlic and Parmesan is a Game Changer

And that roasted garlic is like candy to me. Whenever there’s roasted garlic making an appearance at the dinner table we all know things are going to be good.

Then the parmesan adds a bit of richness and a good balance of saltiness.

I love it here because cauliflower has a mild flavor so it gives it that special something. Along with the few dabs of butter of course..

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

A Great Alternative to Mashed Potatoes

These are great if you are on a low carb diet and have been missing mashed potatoes. While they don’t have the exact same flavor and texture of mashed potatoes they are still oh so satisfying!

They aren’t as heavy as mashed potatoes and I love the addition of parmesan and herbs that’s more fitting with cauliflower.

Serve this with oven roasted chicken or pan seared steak for a delicious meal!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

This Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is a great low carb alternative to mashed potatoes. It's creamy, flavorful and filling. A great side dish for chicken or steak.
Servings: 4
Prep15 minutes
Cook45 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Cut top 1/2-inch of garlic head to expose cloves. Lay garlic on a sheet of foil, drizzle with olive oil and wrap to enclose.
  • Roast garlic in preheated oven until cloves have softened and are just lightly golden brown, about 40 - 45 minutes.
  • Bring about 1/2-inch of water to a boil in a large pot. Place a steamer basic in pot then place cauliflower on basket and steam until very tender, about 10 - 13 minutes. 
  • Remove garlic from skin (just squeeze each one upward to remove), place in a large food processor. Add cauliflower, parmesan, butter, Greek yogurt, thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover food processor with lid and remove center insert of lid (since you're working with a hot mixture). Process mixture until smooth, about 1 minute, while scraping down sides as needed. 
  • Serve warm with parsley if desired.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 256mg11%
Potassium 724mg21%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 112.1mg136%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • TJ

    Absolutely love this recipe! I must watch my carb intake and this recipe satisfies me more than a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes. I like to make a full recipe of meatloaf and form 6 mini-loaves, which I freeze as individual portions, although with individual portions of this mashed cauliflower recipe. I am single and work night shift so I appreciate the convenience of just pulling dinner out of freezer to thaw in the fridge while I sleep during the day. I’ll steam some fresh broccoli to go with and eat a feast before I start my shift.

  • Ginger Anne Field

    I’ve enjoyed many dishes of mashed cauliflower using the steaming method. These were so bad, I threw them out. I’ll stick with steamed, seasoned and mashed in the future.
    The texture was not smooth like steamed cauliflower and no one would eat them.

    • Anonymous

      Seems like you didn’t follow the recipe. She did say “steam until very tender,” then season, then process until smooth.

  • Bobguy

    I have been wanting to try this low-carb idea for months. The pictures look so good, it is going on the dinner table tonight! Thanks for recipe.