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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded cauliflower casserole is one of my favorite side dishes and it’s a hit with my whole family! I pack in a bunch of bacon and cheddar to keep this low carb side dish recipe super creamy and flavorful. 

Things I’ve been craving lately: loaded french fries. Ugh.

There is a restaurant nearby that serves the best dang fries that are topped with cheddar, bacon, sour cream, and green onions. I used to eat them way too often.

I’ve given up the french fries for cauliflower and no, it’s definitely not the same, but my pants fit better and cauliflower is delicious.

Cauliflower casserole on white plate with fork.

I’ve even been working on a loaded radish recipe for you guys, which probably sounds weird but trust me – it’s going to be good. Still tweaking a few things in hopes of getting the radishes to cook up a bit crunchier.

Anyway, I’m all about cauliflower casserole recipes.  Cauliflower just makes a great base for pretty much everything, you know?

This cauliflower casserole with bacon and cream cheese is going to rock your world.

Cooked cauliflower casserole on small white plate with fork.

How to make this loaded cauliflower bake:

Start with a head of cauliflower, chopped up into florets.

I pop my cauliflower into a large microwave safe bowl, add a tablespoon of water, and cover with plastic wrap. Then I just microwave for about 4 minutes. You could also steam your cauliflower on the stove, if you prefer.

Once the cauliflower is nice and soft, grab a potato masher and go to town.

Once your cauliflower is mashed, stir in the good stuff – sour cream, cream cheese, and cheddar. This is going to be so creamy and amazing.

Cauliflower casserole in white baking dish

You’ll also stir in some bacon, green onions, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

This just goes in the oven for about 20 minutes and you’re ready to serve!

Special Tools Needed for this loaded cauliflower casserole:

Potato masher: This makes mashing your cauliflower a breeze! This one from Amazon (affiliate link) has great reviews.

Baking dish: A 9×9 square dish or any shaped 2 quart dish will be perfect for this recipe. I just ordered this one (affiliate link) because it’s pretty and I have a thang for pretty dishes. 😉

Twice Baked Cauliflower Casserole - low carb, healthy, and family friendly!

What to serve with this cheesy cauliflower casserole: 

My garlic butter pork tenderloin is the perfect main course to serve alongside this cauliflower casserole.

Of course, you can also keep things super simple with some grilled chicken or steak as your main dish. This loaded cauliflower bake is going to steal the spotlight anyway. 😉

twice baked cauliflower casserole on white plate

More low carb cauliflower recipes:

My cauliflower potato salad is always a hit.

The kids go crazy for this cauliflower chicken fried rice.

And, when I make taco salad, I always make some cilantro lime cauliflower rice to go alongside it.

Cauliflower really is the king of low carb foods! 🙂

cheesy cauliflower casserole in white dish

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Cauliflower casserole in white baking dish

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This cheesy cauliflower casserole sure doesn't taste like diet food. It's loaded with cheddar, bacon, cream cheese, and sour cream. My kids love this one!

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons diced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the cauliflower to a large microwave safe bowl along with 1 tablespoon of water. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave for 4 minutes or until cauliflower is soft.
  3. Mash cauliflower with a potato masher.
  4. Add the cheddar, cream cheese, and sour cream to the bowl and stir well until the cheese has melted into the cauliflower.
  5. Stir in the bacon, green onions, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  6. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve hot.

Notes

We always cook with fresh cauliflower, but frozen may work in this recipe. Adjust the cook time as needed to get it soft enough to mash.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 747mgCarbohydrates: 6gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

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105 thoughts on “Loaded Cauliflower Casserole”

  1. Jacqueline

    I made this recipe last night for dinner guests and it was a big hit. I substituted chives for the green onions and sprinkled a little extra cheddar and bacon on the top before baking. I also grated the cheddar myself instead of using pregrated bagged cheese, but I did use 2 bags of frozen riced cauliflower. It turned out perfect. Very nice consistency.

  2. Cheryl Boaldin

    This recipe was amazing and spool delicious! My very picky autistic seven year old who hates everything but chicken nuggets and cheese absolutely loved this and begged for seconds and thirds. Any food that passes that test is a must in our household!

  3. I am wondering why its called twice baked cauliflower casserole. According to the recipe it is only baked 20 mins. Am I missing something? Or is it just a spin on the ever popular twice baked potatos?

  4. Tim slifka

    After reading all the reviews and just buying a giant head of cauliflower for a 99 cents looking for a recipe can’t wait to try it thanks for the info

  5. Do you think this would hold up well in a crock pot (for keeping warm purpose only) for a pot luck at a work function?

  6. Jennifer Wilson

    I made this today as a trial run before Thanksgiving. It is delicious!!! I will have to double the batch for Thanksgiving as I know even my family that doesn’t eat low carb will LOVE this!!! Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Jennifer Wilson

        yes I will probably cook it a little longer….not sure how much longer though. It just all needs to be hot so depending on what dish I put it in will determine my cooking time.

  7. What happens if you over microwave the cauliflower? I’m at6 minutes and it is still too hard to mash. Wondering if I went to far with the microwaving (or just have too much in the bowl)

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’m not sure, but I don’t think it would get too hard after just a couple of extra minutes. Was your plastic wrap on nice and tight? You have to trap the steam in or it will probably take longer to cook. Hope it worked out for you!

  8. Shirley Lewis

    My sis made this for a party and not one of the 16 guests figured they were eating cauliflower and loved it and asked for the recipe. It doesn’t seem very low in artery clogging fats however.

    1. Karly Campbell

      This recipe is great for keto with it’s higher fat content, but totally understand it won’t work for every diet. Glad it was a hit either way. 🙂

  9. When I loaded the ingredients into MyFitnessPal to “Create Recipe”, the nutrition count, especially carbs and calories were much higher than it says above. I will message MFP and ask why the huge difference. Thanks for any input you can give me. I baked tonight. It was DELICIOUS!!

    1. Karly Campbell

      It’ll depend on the specific items you click in MFP. It’s very finicky and I just grab the ones that look most accurate to me.

  10. Does this recipe come out a thin consistency like cauliflower tends to do, or does the cream cheese add body to it?

    1. Karly Campbell

      It’s thicker than plain mashed cauliflower, for sure. We love the texture. 🙂

        1. Karly Campbell

          I’m not sure what you mean by weight or size – an ounce is a measurement of weight. You can weigh the head of cauliflower at the grocery store using their scales or you can purchase the pre-cut florets or rice by weight as well.

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