Creamy Rosemary Cauliflower Mash is a delicious, low carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Extra creamy from the addition of cream cheese and butter with lovely flavor from fresh rosemary. This mash is so good you won’t miss the potatoes.

A closeup of the mash showing butter melting on the top with flecks of rosemary.

Mashed potatoes are quite possibly one of the most comforting and best side dishes. I could eat a huge bowl of them every day and not feel guilty. Today, mashed potatoes have met their match.

Cauliflower is a less guilty, lower carb/keto and less starchy alternative potatoes and they mash up the same. The texture is exactly like the potatoes and since these are mashed in the food processor, they are actually easier to make.

Creamy cauliflower mash made in the microwave topped with rosemary and melting butter

They look like mashed potatoes, right? With no hand mashing needed because they are made in the food processor. If you were to make mashed potatoes in the food processor they get really gummy because of the high starch content, but the longer you process the cauliflower, the smoother the mash.

To give extra creaminess to this mash I used whipped cream cheese and butter. If you can’t find whipped, regular cream cheese is fine. Just make sure it’s nice and soft.

A spoonful of creamy rosemary cauliflower mash
What does mashed cauliflower taste like?

This version tastes like extra creamy cauliflower but the cream cheese and butter mellows the flavor along with a hint of fresh rosemary.

How long do you cook cauliflower?

Cooking this cauliflower is as easy as boiling the florets for 10 minutes.

How many net carbs are in Creamy Rosemary Cauliflower Mash?

4 net carbs per serving.

Serving Suggestions

This creamy rosemary cauliflower mash is a delicious side for just about any meat or fish dish. Here are a few recipes:  grilled filet mignon with mint and parsley, rosemary roasted chicken with delicious gravy, lemon Parmesan crusted salmon.


Creamy Rosemary Cauliflower Mash Step by Step  

Boil cauliflower florets for 10 minutes and drain.

A pan of cauliflower florets boiling in a pan

Add to a food processor and pulse until they start to mash.


Cooked cauliflower in a food processor


Add the cream cheese, butter, rosemary, salt and pepper then blend until smooth and creamy.


Adding cream cheese, rosemary, salt and pepper to a food processor of blended cauliflower

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Yield: 4

Creamy Rosemary Cauliflower Mash

Creamy Rosemary Cauliflower Mash

Rosemary cauliflower mash is a delicious, healthier, low carb alternative to mashed potatoes. They are so good, wont even know the difference or miss the potatoes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 5 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt


  1. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.
  2. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets and boil for 10 minutes, drain.
  3. Soften the cream cheese in a microwave-safe container for 25 seconds.
  4. Add the cauliflower florets to a food processor and process until broken down. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the cream cheese, butter, rosemary and salt, process until smooth. Taste for seasoning, add more salt if needed.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 167Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 40mgSodium 736mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 4g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.

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