Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

When it comes to a side dish this Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole has got you covered.  Baked with 3 kinds of cheese and topped with bacon even the pickiest of eaters will love every creamy bite.

If making casseroles for side dishes or bringing to potlucks is what you do best then you need to try these cheesy brussels sprouts, baked spaghetti,  or broccoli cheese casseroles. 

Cheesy cauliflower casserole in a skillet on a white background garnished with diced bacon and green onions, done in 20 minutes, by The Food Cafe.

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole | The Food Cafe

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Why is it that whenever we make vegetables our kids immediately turn their nose up? I remember thinking vegetables were so boring to eat, but with this creamy and delicious cheesy cauliflower casserole made with three kinds of cheese and topped with crispy bacon, even the “big” kids will be asking for more.  I know if may be a stretch to think your kids will enjoy cauliflower, but when you mix it with a little cream and tons of cheese and bake it in the oven the cauliflower just melts in your mouth and the though of eating a vegetable gets long forgotten.  This is one of my favorite low carb casseroles to make because it’s simple, easy, and the flavor is insane.

You wouldn’t think a cauliflower casserole could have so much flavor but when you sauté it in a little bacon grease the magic begins to happen.

How do you make cauliflower cheese casserole?

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet cook chopped bacon until crisp, set aside and reserve 2 Tablespoons of bacon grease in skillet. Step one in making cheesy cauliflower casserole. The image on the left shows diced bacon in skillet uncooked. The image on the right shows diced bacon in skillet cooked, by The Food Cafe.
  2. Add cauliflower to skillet and cook over medium high heat for 3 minutes until the cauliflower begins to soften.  Add in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and stir to combine, then pour the bacon back into the skillet along with 1 teaspoon garlic salt and pepper.  Pour cream over and mix. step two in making cheesy cauliflower casserole. The image on the left contains raw chopped cauliflower in a large skillet, the image on the right shows cauliflower cooked with cream and bacon, by The Food Cafe.
  3. Add half the cheese and mix to combine.  Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 15 minutes until cheese is hot and bubbling and cauliflower is tender. cauliflower topped with three kinds of cheese in a large skillet for cheesy cauliflower casserole by The Food Cafe

What do you serve with cauliflower casserole?

Cauliflower cheese casserole topped with crispy bacon and green onions in a skillet being served with a wooden serving spoon, by the food cafe

Cauliflower cheese casserole is the perfect go to side dish when you are in a hurry and need something that will not only be easy to prepare, but also fast to bake.

It goes perfect with anything else you are serving and will even appease the family and friends who are on a low carb or keto nutrition plan.

You can also keep this cheesy cauliflower casserole vegetarian by leaving on the crispy bacon bits and cooking the cauliflower in coconut oil instead of the bacon grease.

I love using the combination of grated parmesan, muenster, and colby cheeses.  Each one has its own distinct flavor, yet blend so well together and makes this casserole super cheesy and spectacular.

Cheesy cauliflower casserole prepared in a skillet with a wooden spoon removing some from the skillet with cheese stringing down, by The Food Cafe.

So the next time your in a crunch or need to make a side dish that will be delicious and easy to make this cheesy cauliflower casserole will be just the right mix of cheesy goodness you need.

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Cheesy cauliflower casserole in a large skillet on a light background with a wooden serving spoon removing some of the casserole with cheese stringing down, by The Food Cafe.

Cheesy Cauliflower casserole

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Servings: 6
When it comes to a side dish this Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole has got you covered. Baked with 3 kinds of cheese and topped with bacon even the pickiest of eaters will love every creamy bite.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower
  • 6 pieces of thick cut bacon chopped and cooked
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups grated Colby cheese divided
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • 2 cups grated Muenster cheese divided
  • Fresh chopped green onion and sage for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet cook chopped bacon until crisp, set aside and reserve 2 Tablespoons of bacon grease in skillet.
  • Add cauliflower to skillet and cook over medium high heat for 3 minutes until the cauliflower begins to soften. Add in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and stir to combine, then pour the bacon back into the skillet along with 1 teaspoon garlic salt and pepper. Pour cream over and mix.
  • Add half the cheese and mix to combine. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 15 minutes until cheese is hot and bubbling and cauliflower is tender.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cauliflower cheese casserole, Cheesy Cauliflower casserole
Author: Shannon

Nutrition

Calories: 636kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 51g, Saturated Fat: 29g, Cholesterol: 148mg, Sodium: 1574mg, Potassium: 419mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1400IU, Vitamin C: 34.8mg, Calcium: 972mg, Iron: 1.2mg

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