February 9, 2023

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole – I Wash You Dry

Buckle up for the this super easy and mega delicious Loaded Cauliflower Casserole recipe

I’ve combined tender cauliflower coated in a creamy, cheesy sauce and packed it with crispy bacon and green onions, then baked until hot and bubbly. It’s sure to be the star of the dinner table.

loaded cauliflower casserole in a white casserole dish with cheese and bacon

Who needs potatoes when you have cauliflower?! Honestly, this keto-friendly vegetable recipe will knock your socks off and you wont even miss the taters. 

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

The best part about this easy side dish recipe is that it takes only a few minutes to prep and bakes up hot and bubbly in just 20 minutes.

Ingredients Needed

Here’s the basic list of ingredients that you’ll need in order to make this Loaded Cauliflower Casserole. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients located in the printable recipe card below.

  • Cauliflowerfresh or frozen will work
  • Cream Cheesesoftened to room temperature
  • Sour Cream
  • Colby Jack Cheese
  • Seasoningssalt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
  • Baconcooked and crumbled
  • Green Onions

ingredients for cauliflower recipe on wooden table

One bite of this creamy cauliflower casserole and you’ll think you’ve tasted a loaded baked potato. 

It’s incredible how cauliflower can take on the texture of potatoes without all the added starches. 

How To Make Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This recipe comes together super quick, but is also easily prepared ahead of time, making your life that much easier. 

STEAM CAULIFLOWER

Cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces then steam them for about 10 minutes until they are nice and fork tender. Drain any excess moisture from them by spreading the cooked cauliflower out on some paper towels.

COMBINE CREAMY BASE

Meanwhile, to a large bowl add the room temperature cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, green onions and seasonings. Stir until the mixture is creamy and combined. 

creamy ingredients in glass bowl with green spatula

STIR IN CAULIFLOWER

Add the cauliflower and most of the cheese to the creamy base and stir until the cauliflower is mostly coated. Scoop the mixture into a greased casserole dish

cauliflower and creamy sauce in bowl

TOP WITH CHEESE AND BACON

Sprinkle the remaining cheese and bacon over the top of the creamy cauliflower casserole and bake at 400 degrees for just 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melty. 

unbaked cauliflower casserole with cheese and bacon on top

Recipe Tips and Variations

My easy Loaded Cauliflower Casserole recipe is great if you’re looking for a tasty vegetable side dish option that’s low-carb and keto-friendly this holiday season, but also pleasing to all taste buds. 

Here are a few recipe tips and variations you can use to make this recipe suit your needs…

  • Add in half broccoli and cauliflower to make it a lively and colorful dish.
  • Swap out the cauliflower for cooked, diced potatoes.
  • Use precooked crumbled bacon to save time prepping the recipe (I love the kind from Costco!).
  • If you prefer your cauliflower to have more bite to it, steam it a little less. 

Can I Use Frozen Cauliflower?

Yes! You can swap out the fresh cauliflower for frozen cauliflower. 

Most frozen cauliflower comes in a bag that is steam-able in the microwave. Just follow the instructions on the bag, steam until tender and then drain any excess water from the cauliflower. 

*If there is too much water left on the cauliflower it can cause your casserole to be more soupy and less cheesy. 

white casserole dish with loaded cauliflower, cheese and bacon.

Make Ahead Cauliflower Casserole

This recipe is great for prepping a day ahead of time, making it a breeze to just pop it in the oven when you’re ready to bake. 

Simply prepare the casserole dish up until the instructions call for baking. Cover and place the casserole in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

Prior to baking, remove the foil or plastic wrap and bake at 375 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes

PAY ATTENTION:  You’ll notice that I’ve reduced the heat and increased the bake time to allow the casserole to be heated through completely while not over baking the top. If you notice your cheese on top is getting too browned, simply cover loosely with foil and continue baking until the center is hot and bubbly. 

More Vegetable Casserole Recipes

Serving vegetables in the form of a casserole is literally my love language. I have a slew of delicious veggie sides that you’re sure to love…

wooden spoonful of cauliflower casserole

If you’re looking for the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas, this is it! I can’t wait for you to give it a try, I know you’re going to love it. 

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This quick and easy Loaded Cauliflower Casserole only takes a few minutes of prep and bakes up cheesy and bubbly in under 20 minutes!

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time40 mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Servings: 8

Calories: 406 kcal

Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 1 cup green onions, diced, divided
  • 2 cups colby-jack cheese, shredded, divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9″x13″ casserole dish with non-stick spray and set aside.

  • Steam the cauliflower for about 10 minutes, until it is fork tender. Drain any excess water and place cauliflower on a plate with paper towels to absorb any extra water.

  • Meanwhile, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, 3/4 cup of bacon and 3/4 cup of green onions in a large bowl and stir to combine. Once the mixture is smooth, add in the steamed cauliflower and 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese. Stir to combine.

  • Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish and spread into an even layer. Top with the remaining shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and melted throughout. Remove from oven and garnish with the remaining green onions and enjoy!

Notes
MAKE AHEAD:
You can prepare this casserole dish ahead of time. Follow the instructions for recipe, but before baking, cover with plastic wrap or foil and place in refrigerator for up to 24 hours. 
To bake – remove cover and bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the casserole is warm and bubbly throughout. 
FROZEN CAULIFLOWER – you can swap fresh cauliflower for frozen cauliflower. Just steam in bag in microwave according to package instructions and then drain any excess water. 

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 804mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 934IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 1mg

Keywords: Bacon, Casserole, cauliflower