Keto Four Cheese Cauliflower Risotto

This versatile low carb side dish recipe perfectly mimics a classic risotto but is made with cauliflower and smothered in a cheesy pesto sauce. Keto and Atkins friendly.

  • Author: Mellissa Sevigny
  • Yield: Four 1 cup servings
  • Category: Low Carb Side Dish Recipe
  • Cuisine: Italian American


  • 4 cups finely chopped (or grated) raw cauliflower
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto


  1. Combine the cauliflower, butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for six minutes – or until the cauliflower is tender and done to your liking.
  3. Add the mascarpone cheese and microwave on high for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add the parmesan cheese and stir until fully blended and creamy. Cool for 2 minutes (so you don’t cook the pesto when you add it and lose the green color.)
  5. Stir in the basil pesto and serve warm.


Approx nutrition info per serving: 225 calories, 21g fat, 4g net carbs, 6g protein