Gear up for game day with this spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese recipe!
I’m so excited to share one of my favorite recipes that I’ve created lately, Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.
If you love spicy food or buffalo-anything, this spicy macaroni and cheese a recipe you have to try. It is so dang good, and just looking at these pics has me wondering when I’ll eat it next!
It gets better though! In celebration of football season, I’ve also teamed up with my fave bloggers to bring you football-inspired recipes all season long.
We’ve shared our favorite tailgating and team-themed recipes earlier this season, and with football season drawing to a close, it’s time to for the Big Game! We’ve 60 got appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even drinks … so make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for all the recipes!
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
This recipe was inspired by my love for Buffalo Sauce! I wasn’t a wing-eater growing up, and now I’m a vegetarian, so I was late to the Buffalo game.
I created these Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites last year, and those spicy veggie bites were sooo good that I couldn’t stop there! Since I loved that dish so much, I also created Buffalo Tofu (addictive!) and Buffalo Tatchos (aka Tater Tot Nachos … OMG!). Let’s just say I can’t stop once I discover a good thing!
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese was next, and if that doesn’t sound like the perfect game day combo, I don’t know what is!
Trust me, this is a decadent recipe that any spicy food lover will go crazy for.
How to Make Buffalo Mac and Cheese
This vegetarian Buffalo Mac and Cheese has two main components: the cauliflower and the pasta.
I recommend starting the spicy buffalo cauliflower first, and once that’s in the oven, get going on the macaroni and cheese. That way, both components of your dish will be ready to assemble at the same time.
My favorite part of this recipe just might be the easy buffalo sauce. This tangy sauce is made from Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, a little butter and garlic, and a touch of sriracha for extra heat.
It’s pretty addictive stuff and a natural partner for the mild-flavored cauliflower. Given it’s amazing flavor, I’m psyched this sauce is also super simple to prepare, as is the creamy cheese sauce for the pasta.
Once you’ve prepared the individual components, you’ll layer together the mac and cheese, buffalo cauliflower, and a sprinkling of blue cheese. If you’re not a blue cheese fan, feel free to leave it out, serve it on the side, or replace it with another cheese, like feta.
After everything is baked until hot and bubbly, it’s time to eat … my fave part!
Each bite of this spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese recipe is bursting with flavor! The creamy macaroni is the perfect counterpart to the spicy cauliflower, and the blue cheese adds a little flavor kick that I love.
Serve this bold dish for the big game or any time you’re craving something spicy!
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 1 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup Frank's Original RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon sriracha sauce
For Mac and Cheese:
- nonstick spray
- 1 pound fusilli pasta
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- dash cayenne
- 8 ounces shredded medium cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, plus extra for serving
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Cut cauliflower into large florets, then place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Spread cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer; roast in oven for 10 minutes.
- Flip cauliflower and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned on bottom.
- While cauliflower is roasting, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add garlic to butter and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minute), then stir in hot sauce and sriracha. Mix well.
- Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Set aside.
- When cauliflower is finished roasting, place in a large bowl and toss with buffalo sauce.
- Return cauliflower to the baking sheet and roast for an additional 5 - 7 minutes, or until hot and browned. Set aside.
- Reduce oven heat to 425 degrees.
Prepare mac and cheese:
- Coat a large baking dish (such as a 9 x 13-inch pan) with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; cook fusilli until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat the milk (in a microwave or small pot) until warm. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the flour, paprika, and cayenne to the butter and cook, stirring constantly, for a couple minutes.
- Slowly add the warm milk, whisking to avoid lumps.
- Cook mixture until thickened (it should coat a spoon), then add the cheese and whisk until smooth.
- Remove from heat and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Stir pasta into cheese sauce.
- Transfer 1/2 of the pasta to the baking dish; top with 1/2 the cauliflower, then 1/2 the blue cheese.
- Repeat layers, then bake at 425 degrees until hot and lightly browned on top, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Serve hot, sprinkled with additional blue cheese, if desired. Enjoy!
More Big Game Recipes
Okay, now that I’ve got you hungry with my Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, check out those other recipes I mentioned from my food blogger friends!
Classic Potato Salad by Celebrating Family
Chili Cheese Burritos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Fruit Spring Rolls with Key Lime Cheesecake Dip by Body Rebooted
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Dash of Herbs
Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip by The Culinary Compass
Chicks in a Blanket with Apricot Sauce by Mom’s Messy Miracles
Jalapeno Pale Ale Chili by Beer Girl Cooks
Jalapeno Popper Pull Apart Bread by The Life Jolie
Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip by Feast + West
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table
Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls by Honey & Birch
Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Bread Booze Bacon
Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love & Flour
Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
Bean and Cheese Taco Bites by The BakerMama
Chile Beer Sangria by Cake ‘n Knife
Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
Puff Pastry Pizza Bites by The Mexitalian
No Churn Pistachio Baklava Ice Cream by Club Narwhal
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Hello Little Home
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
Baked Taco Empanadas by Simplify, Live, Love
Cheese Sticks by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Meatballs by West via Midwest
Puff Pastry Bacon Pizza Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Skillet Chicken Queso Dip by foodbyjonister
Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish by For the Love of Food
Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls by Simple and Savory
Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Apple Cider Mimosas With A Sparkly Sugar Rim by And She Cooks
Pulled Pork Stuffed Corn Dogs by Nik Snacks
Easy Pepperoni Rolls by Me and My Pink Mixer
Real Boneless Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
Califlower Tater Tots by Living Well Kitchen
Cheeseburger Naan Pizza by Shaws Simple Swaps
Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
Sweet n’ Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life’s Ambrosia
Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Crowd Pleasing Steak Fajita Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces by A Simpler Grace
Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
What is your go to game day recipe?
P.S. If you’re looking for more big game recipes, I’ve rounded up 100 Vegetarian Game Day recipes here!
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