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Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower Mash

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish


Super simple, extra creamy cacio e pepe cauliflower mash!


  • 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped into florets
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/21 tbsp black pepper 
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. In a large stockpot, cover the cauliflower florets with water. Bring water to a boil and allow to boil until cauliflower is fork tender, about 10-12 minutes. Drain cauliflower and let drain for 2 minutes.
  2. Return the same pot the cauliflower was cooked in and heat on medium-low. Add butter. Once melted, add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Stir in cream and cauliflower, then stir in parmesan, 1/2 tbsp black pepper, and sea salt. 
  3. Use an immersion blender to blend the ingredients until very smooth (alternatively you can blend in batches in a food processor). 
  4. Taste, adjust sea salt and add more black pepper if you want more of a peppery kick (up to 1/2 tbsp more).