BBQ Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Pizza

BBQ Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Pizza

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Mac & cheese.  I don’t know about you, but while in adulthood I may have experimented with sophisticated, grown-up versions like cashew and roasted red pepper mac & cheese with caramelised onions, or beer-infused vegan cheddar mac, the blue box, comfort food mac & cheese from my childhood will always hold a special place in my heart.  Even if, I found the cheese packet goop kinda gross even as a child.  It’s still classic childhood food.  So I was over the moon when I heard about Earth Balance’s new mac & cheese – and also incredibly jealous of all the lucky people in America who have easy access!  And I was incredibly thrilled when the lovely Cadry sent me a care package that included a box of the stuff.
Earth Balance Mac & Cheese

If you still haven’t tried Earth Balance’s mac & cheese, there are two things you should know:

1. It is eerily reminiscent of boxed mac & cheese. You might find yourself double checking the package. Yes, it’s really vegan!

2. One box is not enough to feed 2 people, unless you have really tiny appetites.  But don’t worry, I’ve solved this problem for you by creating the extreme carbo-load BBQ cauliflower mac & cheese pizza below.  You’re welcome! Proceed with caution, and serve with a side of spinach salad so you don’t get scurvy or something from only eating carbs.

BBQ Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Pizza

BBQ Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Pizza



  • Head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • One box Earth Balance mac & cheese, prepared according to instructions on package
  • BBQ sauce, approximately 125g or around half a bottle

For the pizza dough (or buy a premade pizza dough base if you want to make this meal even faster and easier)

  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


    1. Pre-heat oven to 200 C/400 F/gas mark 6. Put chopped cauliflower florets in a pan. Coat lightly with 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
    2. Prepare the mac & cheese according to package instructions and stir the roasted cauliflower and 1/2 the BBQ sauce in.
    3. Roll out the pizza dough and place on a greased baking tray. Preheat oven to 230 C/450 F/gas mark 8.
    4. Top the dough with the mac & cheese mixture and bake for 10-15 minutes at 230 C/450 F, until the edges of the crust are browned. Top with more BBQ sauce.

For the pizza dough

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let rest for 5 minutes, until yeast begins to foam.
  2. Add the oil, salt and flour and mix using a wooden spoon, incorporating the flour as much as possible. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, until it becomes soft and elasticky. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towl. Leave to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. It should double in size.
  3. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down, then roll out the amount desired and put on a greased baking tray.


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5 thoughts on “BBQ Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Pizza”

  1. What a fun pizza idea! The BBQ sauce/mac & cheese combo puts me to the mind of my #1 go-to meal in college. My roommate and I practically lived on boxed mac & cheese with a side of canned baked beans. I don’t think I’ll be recreating that old favorite with the box of EB mac & cheese in my cupboard, but I could totally go for your pizza. I’m glad you liked your package! :)

    • Ha! That’s an interesting combo. There aren’t many college meals I’m tempted to recreate…haha. Thanks! And thank hyou so much for the package again!

  2. I love that stuff so much! I had a dozen or so boxes, but only a couple are left now. It’s ace if you only use half the packet and replace it with some yellow flavour Daiya shreds too.

    With a load of chilli sauce on top, naturally.

  3. OMG this pizza! I don’t have Earth Balance mac & cheese available here (at least, I haven’t seen it!) but I’m definitely going to try this with homemade mac n cheese! Loving the cauliflower on the pizza too :D


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