Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe Is How to Eat More Vegetables by Jan Mostrom

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe Is How to Eat More Vegetables

I love to eat a mostly plant-based diet, but I made an exception for this delicious cauliflower casserole recipe. The addition of bacon really adds some great flavor without taking over the flavor of this dish. This cauliflower casserole really is a great way to get all your family members to eat more vegetables!

To make this easy baked cauliflower recipe you need a few simple ingredients. Here is your shopping list: bacon, cauliflower, salt and black pepper (learn about the health benefits of black pepper), cheese, green onions and crushed red pepper flakes.

If your family loves loaded baked potato casserole, they are going to love this gluten-free dish! Besides the great taste, they will also get the health benefits of cauliflower. Serve this cauliflower casserole as a side dish with dinner

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheese (divided) 
  • 4 green onions, sliced (divided)
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

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Recipe Notes 

  • You can use any cheese you like. I used a combination of mozzarella, Swiss and Parmesan cheeses. A bolder-tasting cheese works great in this recipe. 
  • I used turkey bacon, but because it lacks fat, I added an extra tablespoon of olive oil while the bacon cooked to create the fat to add to the cauliflower. Real bacon works best!

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel but keep the drippings in the pan. Break the bacon into pieces.
  2. Put the cauliflower, salt, pepper and bacon drippings into a 13x9-inch baking pan. Toss. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  3. While the cauliflower cooks, combine the sour cream, 1 cup of cheese and half the green onions in a medium bowl. Use a fork to combine and set aside.
  4. When the cauliflower is tender, remove from oven and stir in the cheese and sour cream mixture. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and return to the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove the casserole from the oven and top with the bacon, crushed red pepper flakes, if desired, and remaining green onions.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 164

Total Fat: 13.4g

Saturated Fat: 8.3g

Cholesterol: 41mg

Sodium: 225mg

Total Carbohydrate: 2.4g

Dietary Fiber: 0.5g

Total Sugars: 0.6g

Protein: 8.5g

Vitamin D: 3mcg

Calcium: 204mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 113mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Wow! I'm such a fan of cauliflower, so I know I will love this recipe. Here's my latest cauliflower casserole (so good!): food: Creamy Cauliflower Casserole Recipe Is Like Crustless Quiche But Better

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