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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

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This cheesy cauliflower casserole is full of amazing flavors that will make even the pickiest eaters fall in love with this veggie. It’s made with cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, bacon, salt and pepper to taste, and two heads of cauliflower.

Fork digging into cauliflower casserole.

This recipe makes a delicious side dish that everyone can enjoy – even those on a low-carb or keto diet. The casserole makes a great side dish to any steak, pork, or chicken entrée.

This baked cauliflower casserole is not only tasty, but it’s also easy to make. In this recipe, the cauliflower is cut into florets rather than riced, simplifying the prep. In under an hour, you’ll have a steaming hot cauliflower dish ready for your family and friends!

Let’s take a look at how this delicious cauliflower bake is made with simple ingredients.

Ingredients

This dish is made with a lot of basic ingredients that you should be able to find at all grocery stores.

  • 2 heads fresh cauliflower
  • 3 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices crispy bacon
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • green onions (optional)
Bowl of cauliflower, bowl of Cheddar cheese, ramekin with cream cheese, plate of bacon, and ramekins of seasonings.

Directions

It’s always best to gather your ingredients and read through the recipe before beginning. So start by gathering all of the ingredients before making this dish.

Preheat your oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Set the pan to the side and get ready to get cooking!

Cut the heads of cauliflower into florets that are bite-sized. You’re not going to use the stems in this recipe, so you can toss them into your compost pile. Place the cauliflower florets in a pot and fill the pot with 1 to 2-inches of water, cover, and steam for 5-7 minutes. The steamed cauliflower should be tender but still have a crunch. Drain the cooked cauliflower.

Pot filled with cauliflower florets.

Drain the cauliflower.

Combine sour cream, cream cheese, 3 cups Cheddar cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl.

Glass bowl filled with cauliflower and cheese being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Fold in the cauliflower and chopped bacon (from the 6 slices).

Unbaked cauliflower casserole in a white 9x13 baking dish.

Pour the cauliflower-cream cheese mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven on the center rack for 25-30 minutes uncovered.

White baking dish filled with baked cauliflower casserole.

Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese and chopped bacon. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Wooden spoon with serving of cauliflower casserole.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped green onions, if desired.

Tips

Note about steaming cauliflower: If you have a steamer basket, use it. Otherwise, place the cauliflower in a pot, add 2-inches of water to the pot, cover, and steam/cook over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes.

Alternatively, you can microwave the cauliflower along with 2-3 tablespoons of water in a glass bowl covered with a plate for 3 – 4 minutes. (You can learn more about how to microwave steam cauliflower at Baking Mischief.)

Can I Freeze Cauliflower Casserole?

Yes, you can. Be sure that the casserole is completely cool and then place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 2 months.

Thaw the casserole overnight in the refrigerator. To reheat, place the thawed casserole into an oven-safe dish, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until heated thoroughly.

Nutrition Information

This tasty dish has the flavors of a loaded baked potato without all of the carbohydrates. Below is a nutritional breakdown snapshot.

Screenshot of the nutrition values of the ingredients in a cauliflower casserole.

This gluten-free cheesy cauliflower casserole recipe is sure to be a hit at your home!

Fork holding a bite of cauliflower casserole over a plate of cauliflower bake.

Cauliflower makes a great low-carb alternative to rice, potatoes, and most other starchy sides. It’s often served with cheese sauce, but this cauliflower casserole recipe is even better!


Craving more low-carb recipes? Check out these other delicious recipes at Southern Kissed:

Wooden spoon with serving of cauliflower casserole.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This recipe is low-carb and gluten free. It’s a perfect dish for holidays, potlucks, or any time of the year!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 428kcal

Equipment

  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Mixing bowl
  • medium pot

Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 3 cups Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 slices bacon cooked crispy and chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Topping

  • ½ cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 slices bacon cooked crispy and chopped
  • green onions chopped, optional for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite-size florets. Place the cauliflower in a medium-size pot and fill the pot with 1-inch of water. Steam for 5-7 minutes. The cauliflower should be tender but still have a crunch. Drain the cooked cauliflower.
  • Combine sour cream, cream cheese, 3 cups Cheddar cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl.
  • Fold in the cauliflower and chopped bacon (from the 6 slices).
  • Pour the cauliflower mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25 – 30 minutes uncovered.
  • Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese and chopped bacon. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped green onions, if desired.

Notes

Feel free to add chopped green onions to the mixture prior to baking for additional flavor.
Other cheeses work well in this recipe, too, such as Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, and Swiss.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 576mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 879IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 426mg | Iron: 1mg
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