Loaded Cauliflower Casserole With Cream Cheese [Easy Low Carb, Keto Side Dish Recipe]

This loaded cauliflower casserole is the ultimate healthy comfort food swap for mashed potatoes. Loads of cream cheese, cheddar, butter, and bacon combined with cauliflower create an unbelievably delicious side dish that is ready to serve in 45 minutes.

Need an easy side dish? This Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is the best low carb keto side dish recipe for dinner! My kids love this cheesy cauliflower casserole with bacon! If you’re looking for a new easy keto recipe for dinner or the holidays don’t miss this simple side dish! #sidedish #side #cauliflower #holiday #keto #ketorecipes #lowcarb #casserole #comfortfood

Ok. Let’s get real for a minute. Raise your hand if you miss mashed potatoes.
Uh-huh.

That checks out – potatoes were my JAM back in my pre-keto days – and my family lived for my homemade loaded mashed potatoes – which took an incredible amount of time to peel, wash, mash and smother with sour cream, butter, and cheese.

Look, I know my way around a bowl of hand mashed heaven, and I know you do too, so I’m not going to straight-up lie and tell you cauliflower is the new potato or claim that nobody here notices the difference between loaded cauliflower and a big steaming carb-filled pot of Russets.

They do – but here’s the thing – they like both.

Score for me. And you.

Also, my cauliflower version takes less than half the prep time and work, and you can have it on the table in 45 minutes from start to finish – with all of the cheesy flavors you love with significantly fewer carbs.

How To Make Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

We’re loading this cauliflower casserole up with bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, sour cream, and butter.

So you’re going to want to fry the bacon first.

Next, we’re steaming the cauliflower for a few minutes in the microwave so that it gets tender, but our kitchen doesn’t get “that cauliflower” smell.

Once you have those steps behind you all that’s left is to add in ingredients and bake!

Fast Facts: Cauliflower

Here’s the part where I geek out about a vegetable – it’s not mandatory for the recipe, but it is good to know in case you’re wondering why everyone and their mom is talking about cauliflower.

Cauliflower is healthy and loaded with vitamin C, K, B6 plus Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.

Cauliflower is keto-friendly and low carb – as in 3 net grams per cup. That alone will make you want to jump on the cauliflower bandwagon – especially when you compare it to white rice’s carb count of 45 grams per cup and potatoes 30 grams per cup.

Cauliflower is easy to roast, bake, grill, microwave, steam and air fry or you can eat it raw!

Cauliflower makes healthy, low carb comfort food a possibility – as evidenced here in my shrimp & grits recipe and here in this loaded cauliflower soup and here in this loaded cauliflower casserole bake.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole – Carbs Per Serving

Need an easy side dish? This Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is the best low carb keto side dish recipe for dinner! My kids love this cheesy cauliflower casserole with bacon! If you’re looking for a new easy keto recipe for dinner or the holidays don’t miss this simple side dish! #sidedish #side #cauliflower #holiday #keto #lowcarb #casserole #comfortfood

If you’re keeping up with your macros – this casserole contains 4.7 net carbs per serving. In case you forgot – you calculate net carbs by subtracting dietary fiber from total carbs:) 5.8 – 1.1 = 4.7. Full Disclosure: I use a plugin that I trust to calculate nutrition – but if something looks off to you or you’d rather calculate your own info – I encourage you to go for it!

More Must Have Keto Side Dishes

If you like this loaded cauliflower recipe, then you need to check out these keto sides!

Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Bacon – An easy low carb side that screams I worked all day on this, but it took less than 40 minutes to pan roast these Brussels Sprouts to perfection in bacon, butter, and olive oil:) 

Green Beans with Bacon – Make fresh green beans stand out for the holidays or any day with this green beans with bacon side dish that you can make on the stove or slow cooker with 3.1 net carbs per serving. 

46 Keto Side Dish Recipes – An epic collection of the best low carb side dish recipes! 

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Keto Cauliflower Casserole

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  • Author: Heather Burnett
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This loaded cauliflower casserole is the ultimate healthy comfort food swap for mashed potatoes. Loads of cream cheese, cheddar, butter, and bacon combined with cauliflower create an unbelievably delicious side dish that is ready to serve in 45 minutes. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Head Cauliflower (4 cups cauliflower florets) – Chopped
  • 6 Ounces Cream Cheese, cut into chunks
  • 8 Strips Fried Bacon 
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream 
  • ¼ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter 
  • 1 + 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1/2 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder (Optional) 
  • 2 Tablespoons Chives or Green Onions To Garnish 

Instructions

  • Cook bacon and set aside
  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Chop cauliflower 
  • Steam Option 1: Put cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl, add a few tablespoons of water – cover with cling wrap – and steam for around 5 minutes until tender 
  • Steam: Option 2: Place the cauliflower in a steamer basket on top of a pot with boiling water and steam until tender, around 5 minutes.
  • Once it’s steamed – drain excess water and throw the cauliflower back into the bowl – cover it and let it sit there for 2-3 minutes. Please be patient here and let the cauliflower do its thing – (it will absorb extra moisture and prevent your casserole from being a soggy disaster) 
  • If you want a mashed potato consistency, then whip out the potato masher, blender or food processor and go for it. Or skip this step. It’s up to you. 
  • Next Step: Add cream cheese, 1 cup of cheddar, Monterey Jack, sour cream, heavy cream, butter, and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.
  • Transfer to an oven-safe casserole dish and top with remaining shredded cheese blend and crumbled bacon. 
  • Place in preheated oven and cook until cheese is melted and nicely browned on top, around 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and serve topped with fresh chives or green onions.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations:

Swap Cheddar Cheese with 1/2 cup Gruyere Cheese + 1/4 Cup Parmesan 

Add 1/2 Cup Colby 

Swap Cheddar with Italian Cheese Blend 

Make it Au Gratin by adding Parmesan breadcrumbs (1/2 cup Parmesan cheese + Cup crushed original flavor pork rinds) 

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Keto Side Dishes

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Need an easy side dish? This Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is the best low carb keto side dish recipe for dinner! My kids love this cheesy cauliflower casserole with bacon! If you’re looking for a new easy keto recipe for dinner or the holidays don’t miss this simple side dish! #sidedish #side #cauliflower #holiday #keto #lowcarb #casserole #comfortfood

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