Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is a healthier, gluten-free recipe with tender cauliflower, bacon, and cheese. It's a family favorite alternative to loaded baked potatoes

Close up of Loaded Cauliflower Casserole in a white dish.

This Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is the best of all worlds. Think potato skin + mac and cheese + cauliflower = a dish your whole family will go crazy for. #cauliflower #healthy #cheese #bacon #comfortfood #glutenfree #kidfriendly #easy #recipe | bobbiskozykitchen.com

Are you ready for some good ol' fill your belly cheesy yummy comfort food?

Yes, I am telling you that this Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is straight up comfort food. Scouts honor 

This recipe came to be because it has been SO damn cold here in the PNW. 

Like teeth chattering, finger numbing, makes your nose run, COLLLLLLLD!! 

Every morning I take Hawk out to do his business I am crunching through the grass. Frozen grass! Bbrrrrrrr

What is funny is that if it would snow here it would actually be warmer! Weird right? It took me a hot second to understand that concept. I mean, coming from So Cal, this girl was just used to if it is 95 it is hot and, if it is 65, it is cold. 

Simple, plain, easy.

Then I moved to Western Washington and would hear things like "It is too cold to snow". 😯

That has this beach girl completely baffled. #blondmoment

Then I had someone sit down and explain it to me and I was like "Oooooooh I get it now". 

OK, I am a little slow, but I get there.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole in a white baking dish on a wooden table with a yellow towel.

Close up of Loaded Cauliflower Casserole in a white baking dish.

Close up of a spoonful of Loaded Cauliflower Casserole in a white baking dish.

Anywho, let's get back to this fantabulous cheesiness 👆

But, when it is uber cold like this, my body screams for comfort food which in the past meant something cheesy, creamy, and carb loaded.

So this is kinda what happens when a healthy side of cauliflower meets mac and cheese and they have a delicious baby. A baby that, after one bite, you want to hide in the corner with and not share with a single soul, EVAH!

I have images of the seagulls from Finding Nemo in my head right now 😂

But, once you give this a taste, you will 100% understand what I am saying.

This recipe is perfect for 4 people if you share but, if you want a meatless meal kinda dealio, I would double it sans bacon.

😲 Did I just say to leave the bacon out???

Is bacon really meat though? I mean, I think of it more like a seasoning. It just brings more flavahhhh 😆 #kiddingnotkidding

Yes, by all means, leave out the bacon if you want a complete veggie version BUT maybe add more veggies like tomatoes, avocado, or spice it up with some jalapeno?

Me? I was just going for a potato skin + mac and cheese kind of thing and I hit that nail right on the head.

Honestly though? I am kind of obsessed with cauliflower right now and Kevin is all onboard with that, so I have been crankin' out a ton of ways to serve it.

So, keep an eye out for my next recipe 😉

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole in a white bowl with a white baking dish and wooden spoon in the background.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Close up of a spoonful of Loaded Cauliflower Casserole in a white baking dish.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This casserole is the best of all worlds. Think potato skin + mac and cheese + cauliflower = a dish your whole family will go crazy for.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 38 MINStotal time: 48 mins


  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour (you can substitute gluten-free flour)
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Chives, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook cauliflower until tender, 7 minutes. 
  3. Drain well.
  4. In a large saucepot, over medium heat, melt butter. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  5. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk for 1 to  2 minutes. 
  6. Add milk and bring to a low simmer, then 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and the onion powder, whisking until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add drained cauliflower and all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon to the pot and stir until combined. 
  8. Top with remaining cheese and bacon.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
  10. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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  1. This recipe looks yummy. I haven't had cauliflower in a while so I'd try it

  2. That looks and sounds so delicious! Pinning this :)

  3. This recipe really does look delicious. I haven't had Cauliflower in such a long time but this looks like an amazing way to enjoy it. Yummy!

  4. This looks delicious! Cauliflower is such a versatile food.

  5. First....YES too cold to snow!! Living in Canada I know all about it. Come on SUMMER!!! Next, we totally love cauliflower. This looks delicious, and would be a great side to many meals. I would just eat this all by itself. YUM!!

    1. I have been eating it for lunch the last few days 😄

  6. I love the sound of this! It's looks and sounds delish but what I really love about this recipe is that it's unique!

  7. Wow this look so tasty. We tend to forget about cauliflower and loaded cauliflower you can't go wrong. I will try making this real soon. Thanks!

  8. I love cauliflower but have not yet made a casserole with it. I'll have to try this one out - it sounds delicious!! :-)

  9. Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables to work with. This recipe looks and sounds so yummm! Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Wow this is amazing! I love eating cauliflower in new ways this is different.

  11. I love this so so much - we've always got extra cauliflower and I never know what to do with it. Going to try making this next time - portions for one.

  12. I love veggies casseroles and make one every week, yours look so delicious, we love cauliflower in my household, I would definitely add bacon for the flavahhh LOL! So good!

  13. My daughter has a sudden obsession with cauliflower! I have been looking for some recipes the whole family will enjoy. This casserole looks perfect for us!

    1. I have several here and will be posting another one in the next week 😃

  14. My gosh, this looks amazing. Anything with cheese and bacon wins my heart automatically.

  15. Omg how heavenly does that casserole look! I I could see this dish being perfect as a side dish for a holiday dinner or even as the main dish with a side salad. yummy!

    1. OH yes, yes, YES!! I like the way your mind works!

  16. I need to use more cauliflower in my dishes. This looks super good. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Man that really is 100% comfort food. It looks absolutely amazing. I would definitely make it with the bacon.

    1. You know I even ate this cold the next day because I couldn't wait for the oven to heat up 😂

  18. I think your recipe is awesome! I will definitely try it since I love cauliflower and I think it's a lighter and healthier alternative to potatoes!