Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is an easy low-carb side dish that’s creamy and cheesy and topped with crispy bacon and chives. Perfect for quick weeknight sides, holiday dinners, and even on it’s own, it’s so good!Jump to Recipe
I started making this side dish because I wanted a low carb option with dinner, but it quickly became a side my family can’t get enough of. We never miss starchy foods when I make this. It’s easy to whip up when I’m feeling lazy or need something quick, and it’s delicious enough for dinner parties or holiday menus. I could sit down and have a big ol’ scoop with a glass of white wine and I’d be set for dinner.
I know I say a lot of recipes are “one of my favorites” but this really is ONE. OF. MY. VERY. FAVORITES! Tender cauliflower with just the right amount of creamy cheesy goodness, and crispy bacon always makes a dish special. Traditional cauliflower casseroles are weighted down with heavy cream and butter, but I was able to create a lighter version using ingredients you can feel good about eating, and wont compromise the flavor.
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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
- 1 large head of cauliflower, about 4 cups florets cut in small pieces
- 3 oz light cream cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese any good melting cheese will work
- 1 1/2 tsp ranch seasoning mix
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 3 slices bacon cooked crispy and crumbled
- handful chopped chives or sliced green onion
Preheat oven to 425°F and prepare a 3 quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
- Place cauliflower florets in a microwave safe dish with 1/2 cup water and cover with plastic wrap. Cook on high for 10 minutes. Drain liquid and set aside.
- While cauliflower cooks combine cream cheese, both mozzarella and Mexican cheese, ranch mix, salt and pepper in large mixing bowl.
- Add hot cauliflower to cheese mixture and gently toss to coat florets. Place in the prepared casserole dish spreading out the cauliflower mixture to the edges.
- Bake for 10 minutes uncovered. Turn the broiler on high and move casserole to the top rack. Broil for 1-2 minutes until golden in spots.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle with bacon and chives or green onions. Serve right away!
4 thoughts on “Loaded Cauliflower Casserole”
Wow! Make this recipe right now! I didn’t have ranch on hand so I used some of Trader Joe’s cheesy seasoning blend along with some dill, but otherwise I followed the recipe. It is amazing! So comforting, so delicious, and so easy! This would be a great dish to bring to a party when you are in a pinch for time. Looks fancy but is seriously so easy.
I am so glad you loved this, and thanks for sharing what you substituted for the ranch seasoning!
This is so so flavorful and satisfying! I’ve been going low carb lately and this it all of the loaded baked potato vibes. Loved it. Definitely making again. I did not have the Mexican cheese on hand so I just omitted it and didn’t miss it at all.
I make this all the time for the family and we never get tired of it. So glad you enjoyed it, Megs!