Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

by KetoFocus.com

All of the flavors of a loaded baked potato in a casserole using cauliflower

Classic comfort food made without potatoes, this loaded cauliflower casserole is “loaded” with savory, cheesy flavor and is ready in less than 30 minutes!

Just add this cauliflower dish to your current favorites like Mashed Cauliflower and Cauliflower Gratin. Cauliflower makes the perfect substitute for potatoes in these keto recipes, with less than a quarter of the calories and carbs that potatoes have, but all of the flavor and nutrition!

digging in a casserole to get a spoonful of a cheesy casserole

As the weather cools down, my craving for classic comfort foods ramps up. Cold weather season means biscuits and gravy for Sunday breakfast, homemade soup in a bread bowl for lunch, and chicken pot pie for dinner– all keto, of course! You’ll want to add this cauliflower casserole to your comfort food lineup this season.

Like a loaded baked potato, this casserole is packed with rich cheesy flavor, smoky bacon, and fresh green onions, but without all the carbs. Everything comes together quickly with less than 10 minutes of hands-on time, perfect for an easy holiday side dish to serve along with your Thanksgiving or Christmas spread. It’s so filling, you can even enjoy it as an easy weeknight dinner!

How to make loaded cauliflower casserole

  1. Roast cauliflower with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder at 425 degrees until fork tender.
  2. Make the “loaded” filling: Combine the cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, and shredded cheese in a medium bowl.
  3. Spread cheese mixture on top of the roasted cauliflower. Bake until cheese is melted.
  4. Top with crumbled bacon and sliced green onions.

a baked casserole with melted cheese on top

Key ingredients

  • Cauliflower – Use a head of cauliflower, broken up into small to medium-sized florets, or a 24-ounce bag of frozen cauliflower. If using frozen, steam and press all the moisture out of the cauliflower before roasting.
  • Shredded Cheese – Cheddar cheese helps this taste more like a traditional “loaded” baked potato dish, but feel free to switch it up and use Colby, Monterrey Jack, Pepperjack, or Swiss if you prefer.
  • Butter -Melted butter is poured over the cauliflower before sprinkling the seasoning and roasting. Bacon grease is even better if you have it.
  • Cream cheese – Use block cream cheese for a creamy, rich base for this casserole.
  • Heavy cream – If you want to save on fat and calories, feel free to substitute non-dairy milk (like a nut milk) for heavy cream. Unflavored and unsweetened almond milk is a good choice.
  • Sour cream – Adds a tangy flavor and creamy texture. You can substitute with plain greek yogurt if needed.
  • Bacon – Cook and crumble the bacon to sprinkle on top of the casserole.
  • Green onion – Sliced green onions are the perfect fresh topping for this loaded casserole.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt are used to flavor the cauliflower before roasting.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe Video

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Ingredients

  • 24 oz cauliflower florets
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Directions

  • Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
  • a spoonful of cauliflower with melted cheese on top

    Topping ideas

    In addition to the shredded cheese, crumbled bacon and sliced green onions, try these other toppings for your loaded cauliflower:

    • Chives
    • Sour cream
    • Pulled pork
    • Broccoli
    • Salsa
    • Peppers
    • Diced grilled steak
    a white casserole dish with cauliflower, cheese, bacon and green onion

    Meal prep, storage and reheating instructions

    To make this meal even easier, you can meal prep some of the parts so that it come together even more quickly. You can wash, dry, and chop the cauliflower, make and crumble the bacon, and slice the green onions up to 3 days ahead of time, then toss it all together when you’re ready.

    Storing this casserole is simple, just keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up 3-5 days. When you’re ready to reheat and eat, either microwave it, covered, for 1-2 minutes until heated through, or place in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and it’s heated through.

    Loaded Cauliflower Casserole: FAQS

    Can you use frozen cauliflower?

    Yes, steam and press all the moisture out of the cauliflower before roasting if using frozen cauliflower to make this casserole.

    Why is cauliflower used as a potato substitute?

    Cauliflower has a mild flavor like potatoes, but is much lower in calories and carbs. One cup of cooked cauliflower has 30 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrates compared to 136 calories and 31 grams of carbohydrates in a cup of cooked potatoes.

    How many carbs are in loaded cauliflower?

    One serving of loaded cauliflower has 3.7 grams of carbohydrates.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

    Servings: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 315
    Fat 26.9g
    Protein 13g
    Total Carbs 6.2g
    Net Carbs 3.7g

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    1. This was so yummy. My hubby loved it. It has all the flavors of a heavily loaded potato. I added sliced fried beef kiebasa and omitted the bacon. Next time I will use the bacon and have this with a steak. Cant wait!!

    2. I’ve made this once and it was absolutely delicious. I am planning on making it again for Thanksgiving. I believe I’m going to omit the bacon and add sausage. Thank you so much for letting us know your recipes. I’m definitely buying a cookbook if you print one!

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