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Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

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Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole is like eating cauliflower mac and cheese, only instead of pasta as in the “mac,” it’s packed with only cauliflower!  This low-calorie, Keto-friendly, gluten-free casserole is creamy delicious, and it makes a wonderful side dish that’s loaded with nutrients! 

 

I mean, how many ways can we make cauliflower?

We buy cauliflower weekly.  So when it comes to dreaming up different ways to make it for my family, it’s not easy. 

Every so often I make my girl’s favorite cauliflower dish: my pasta with creamy cauliflower.

But since my girls have been home for the past few weeks, they requested for some low-carb, gluten-free dishes for dinner.

So when I was craving for some comfort food like mac and cheese (… but I’m always voted out),  I decided to make this baked cheesy cauliflower casserole instead.

 

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

Simple, easy, and totally delicious!  This cauliflower dish turned out better than I expected. 

This recipe serves four people.  If you need more servings you will need to double this recipe. 

 And it reheats beautifully.

 

For this recipe, you will need:

 

How To Make Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole (full recipe card below).

This recipe couldn’t be easier! 

1.  First, cut up the cauliflower, cutting the florets, and discard the cord.  Then give it a good rinse.  Next, in a medium-size pot, toss in the florets and pour water up to one inch. 

Cutting cauliflower and steaming in a pot

2.  Cover with a lid, and bring to a boil.  Then lower the heat and simmer the cauliflower for a few minutes.  Turn off heat.  Drain water and cover to steam for 2 to 4 minutes, until tender.   

3.  Transfer cauliflower to a baking dish.

4.  In the meantime, make the cheese sauce.  In a small saucepan, pour in the cream, then add in the mustard, seasonings, and cheddar cheese.  Simmer until the cheese melts and the sauce thickens. 

 

Cheese sauce and cauliflower in a dish.

5.  Pour the cheese sauce directly over the cauliflower.   Then bake in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until the cheese sauce is bubbling and cauliflower is golden on top. 

 

Cook’s Notes and Tips!   

  • You can adapt this recipe and use a blend of shredded cheeses to your liking.

  • Can we use frozen cauliflower florets?  I haven’t yet but I’m sure it’s fine.  

  • You may add additional seasonings to your liking, try a splash of smoked paprika.  

  • If you don’t have heavy cream, you can use 1 cup of milk or almond milk, and whisk in 2 teaspoons of flour (or GF flour) and simmer until the sauce thickens.  Then add in the shredded cheese and stir until the cheese completely melts.

  • Don’t forget to scoop up some of that delicious cheese sauce on the bottom of the baking dish and drizzle over each serving.  It’s the best! 

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

Your family will love this baked cheesy cauliflower casserole as much as we do!  

This is a delicious cheesy dish.  Eat it alone, or serve it as a side for dinner. 

Best of all, it’s high in protein and only 198 calories per serving!  I think you’ll want to add it to your rotation!

ENJOY!!

 

 

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Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

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Yield: 4 servings

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole is like eating cauliflower mac and cheese, only instead of pasta as in the "mac," it's packed with only cauliflower! This low-carb, Keto-friendly, gluten-free casserole is creamy delicious, and it makes a wonderful side dish that's loaded with nutrients!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of cauliflower (about 5 cups), cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse ground Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Mild Cheddar cheese, plus extra
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • olive oil cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180C). Lightly spray with cooking spray the 9-inch baking pie dish.
  2. In a medium pot, add about one-inch of water, and about 1 teaspoon of salt and bring water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets and cover with a lid. Boil the cauliflower for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then turn off the heat, and drain only the water from the pot. Then return the pot to the stove and cover to steam the cauliflower until the florets are tender and softened for about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and drain any remaining water again.
  3. Transfer the cooked cauliflower to the baking dish. Set it aside.

MAKE THE CHEESE SAUCE:

  1. Meantime, in a small saucepan, and on medium heat, pour in the heavy cream and warm the cream. Then add the Dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
  2. Toss in the shredded cheese and stir until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture comes to a low boil. Turn off the heat. Season with salt, pepper to taste.
  3. Next, pour the melted cheese mixture directly over the cauliflower that is in the baking dish. Optional: Here is where you can sprinkle with extra shredded cheese on top if you prefer.
  4. BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes, until it's bubbly in the dish and golden on top. Optional: You can broil in oven for about 2 minutes to brown the top if desired.
  5. Remove and serve.
  6. Serves 4

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Protein: 9.9g

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Sandra Favre-Byles
    May 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I remember making Cauliflower Cheese for my children to get them to each vegetables. It worked every time, also with broccoli!
    I’m going to try this using a small amount of millet flour (no gluten) and a small amount of ewe’s cheese as I avoid other cheese, except a little aged Parmesan from time to time! Thank you for reminding me of this recipe on my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 23, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      You’re welcome Sandra! Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    Abbe Odenwalder
    May 22, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I just love cauliflower with cheese sauce. Probably the first way I ever ate cauliflower!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 22, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks so much Abbe! Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
    May 22, 2020 at 9:58 am

    This is perfect for my keto meal plan! I love cauliflower and who doesn’t love cheese sauce! Hope you’re doing well and staying safe my friends!
    Ciao,
    Roz

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 22, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Roz! Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    sherry
    May 22, 2020 at 3:23 am

    i love cauliflower cheese! so delish. very popular here in australia. always have to have it with a roast dinner. Yum! i have tried frozen cauli, and it is a bit hard and also limp at the same time if that makes sense. an okay substitute if you’re in a tearing hurry to make dinner:-)

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 22, 2020 at 8:56 am

      So glad to hear it’s a popular dish in Australia. And yes, it’s a delicious side with a roast or a chicken dinner. Thanks so much Sherry!

  • Reply
    Mimi
    May 21, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I have no idea what keto is, all i know is that this bake looks wonderful. Iโ€™d rather eat it over Mac n cheese any day!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 21, 2020 at 10:52 am

      We feel the same way! Thanks Mimi! Have a great day!

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