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Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole | Budinca de conopida cu branza (+vegan version update)
Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole | Budinca de conopida cu branza (+vegan version update)

 Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole is a healthy, vegetarian comfort food, easy to make and delicious! | Reteta vegetariana de budinca de conopida cu branza si marar, servita cu smantana proaspata.
  • english translate  Recipe in English
  • romana traducere  Reteta in Romana

This recipe was made by my mother. It was absolutely amazing! I’m not a cauliflower fan, I find it a bit tasteless, but this cauliflower and cheese casserole was just perfect! It goes perfectly with cheese and dill. So simple and delicious.

Dear vegs or non-vegs, you will definitely love this cauliflower and cheese casserole recipe! It’s the perfect, healthy comfort food! Try it! Looking forward to your feedback! I’d love to make this again and maybe even improve the recipe so if you have any tips, let me know!

[UPDATE] As I gave up dairy recently, I also tried the vegan version for this recipe. I used tofu and mashed potatoes, to replace eggs and cheese. It turned out great! Hope you’ll give it a try ;) 

Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole. Healthy, vegetarian comfort food!

Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6+ servings

Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole is a healthy, vegetarian comfort recipe, easy to make and delicious!


  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 200g cheese (I used feta cheese) | or tofu (I used smoked tofu)
  • 5 eggs | or 3 red skin potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • dill
  • sea salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. There are two ways to cook the cauliflower.
  2. With steamer: Just detach the florets and place them in the steamer. Steam for about 20 minutes.
  3. Without steamer: Detach the florets and place them in a medium pot filled with water. Add salt in the water. Boil for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Strain the cauliflower and place the florets in a bowl. Start mashing the florets using a fork.
  5. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. /or/ Mash potatoes.
  6. Add crushed teleme cheese/tofu, chopped dill, beaten eggs/mashed potatoes, salt and pepper.
  7. Blend well together. Pour in a casserole and place in the preheated oven. Let it cook at 392 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Budinca de conopida cu branza | Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

Want other ways to cook cauliflower? This Creamy Cauliflower Salad will become your favorite too!

Reteta aceasta de budinca de conopida cu branza a fost preparata initial de mama mea si a avut un super succes! De atunci am mai pregatit-o de vreo 4-5 ori. Nu ma prea omor eu dupa conopida insa combinatia asta este absolut delicioasa. Merge la fix cu smantana grasa de tara, proaspata si naturala. Eu de curand am renuntat la lactate, asa ca aveti mai jos si un update pentru a face reteta vegana.

Fie ca esti vegetarian, fie ca nu, budinca de conopida cu branza iti va placea cu siguranta. Astept parerile voastre dupa ce o preparati :)

[UPDATE] Deoarece am renuntat la lactate de curand, am incercat sa fac si varianta vegana a acestei retete. Am folosit tofu afumat si cartofi fierti pentru a inlocui ouale si branza. A iesit perfect! 

Budinca de conopida cu branza


  • o conopida medie
  • 200g branza telemea veche | sau 200g de tofu (am folosit tofu afumat)
  • 5 oua | sau 3 cartofi mari, fierti si pasati
  • o legatura de marar
  • sare si piper dupa gust
  • smantana (optional)

Budinca de conopida cu branza


  1. Spala bine conopida si rupe-o in manunchiuri mici.
  2. Exista doua metode de a gati conopida, alege-o pe cea mai convenabila pentru tine: 1. cu ajutorul unui cuptor cu aburi: manunchiurile mici de conopida se pun la aburit 20 de minute 2. prin fierbere: 20-25 de minute
  3. Dupa ce e gata, strecoara conopida si pune-o intr-un bol mare. Paseaz-o cu furculita sau cu blenderul vertical.
  4. Intr-un alt bol, bate bine ouale (sau se paseaza cartofii fierti) si apoi adauga-le peste conopida. Paseaza cu furculita telemeaua/tofu si impreuna cu mararul maruntit, sarea si piperul, adauga-le peste conopida.
  5. Amesteca toate ingredientele bine si pune-le intr-o forma de copt sau un vas inalt de yena.
  6. Baga-le in cuptorul pre-incins la 180C si lasa-le sa se rumeneasca aproximativ 20 de minute.

Budinca de conopida cu branza

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About Ruxandra

Freelance graphic/web designer and architecture student with a passion for nutrition, healthy eating and blogging. | Studenta la arhitectura si web designer cu o pasiune pentru nutritie, alimentatie sanatoasa si blogging.


  1. Salut!
    Am facut reteta acum cateva clipe.A iesit mai putin rumena budinca si ceva mai moale…si-am lasat-o si mai mult de 20 de minute.:(

    • Buna Diana!
      Ce varianta ai facut? Cea lacto-ovo sau vegana? Moale este ca textura, insa sta destul de teapana in farfurie, mai ales dupa ce se raceste un pic.

  2. Clar, o voi incerca!
    Numai o intrebare am : conteaza daca cuptorul e electric?
    Este valabila temperatura pentru orice tip de cuptor?

    • Eu am cuptor pe gaz. Nu stiu ce setari se fac la cel electric, dar nu cred ca ar afecta in vreun fel reteta, atat timp cat temperatura e aceeasi. Astept sa imi spui cum ti-a iesit! :D

  3. Draga Ruxandra, felicitari pentru blog! Doar ce l-am descoperit, iar retetele tale par delicioase si deloc complicate. O sa incerc azi sau maine budinca de conopida ;). Iti doresc inspiratie si voie buna in bucatarie!

  4. Am making this tonight, don’t understand a 392 degree oven. Will bake at 350 F. and watch it after 20 minutes. Also am substituting goat cheese so wish me luck! Don’t have any teleme or brie cheese in the house at the moment.

  5. Just one request; could you switch from grams and centimeters to ounces and inches? I’m totally lost. 200g of cheese tells me nothing as to how much to use, and as far as pan size in concerned, cm leave me scratching my head. Math is not my thing and “converting” those things to the American way of thinking is beyond me. Help!! I’m 61 years old, an English major and have NO idea what to do. Anything you suggest, I’ll do because I REALLY want to try your recipes. Thanking you in advance, I am…

    Sincerely Yours,
    Diane McCormick AKA Di

    • Hi Diane,

      I use the metric system because it’s the international agreed measurement system, and it is used in my country too. I am not familiar with the American way of measurement. Try this It is super easy to convert the measurements.

      For this recipe, 200g of cheese is equal to approx. 1 cup of shredded cheese. The pan is about 11-12 inches in diameter. I’ll use cups/tablespoons/teaspoons more often as a way of measurement, and also I’ll convert the pan sizes in inches from now on. Thanks!

  6. How can I get this n English
    Budinca de conopida cu branza

    o conopida medie
    200g branza telemea veche
    5 oua
    o legatura de marar
    sare si piper dupa gust
    smantana (optional)

    • Hi! All recipes have an english version too. Right after the main photo it says “Choose language here” and there’s an arrow pointing to two tabs, the second says “Recipe in English”. Click on the tab. :)

  7. Hi! Really eager to try this – but any suggestion as to how much dill is needed?

    • Hi Catherine! About 1/2 cup chopped dill is enough. Let me know how the recipe turned out! :D

      • Awesome, thanks! And will do!
        One other quick question, if you have a moment, just wondering what size casserole you use(d)?

        • It was about 25-30cm in diameter and 6-7cm tall.

          • It turned out great!!! I made the mistake of covering it in the oven at first so it accumulated some liquid on top, but then I took it off and it rose perfectly! I couldn’t find teleme cheese, but used a reduced fat camembert instead. It was great with a potato and dill soup and paired with a chardonnay. Definitely making this again, thanks so much for sharing!

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