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A shot of a baked cauliflower casserole topped with breadcrumbs and garnished with green onion.

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

  • Author: Shelly | Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Bake Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Casseroles
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole is a scrumptious “loaded baked” blend of crisp-tender cauliflower florets, cheddar cheese, bacon, and creamy sauce. Plus, it’s super easy to make! Perfect for the holidays, or anytime!


  • 48– ounces frozen cauliflower, cooked according the package directions and drained
  • 1 (8- ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons chicken bouillon (I like the brand Better Than Bouillon)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • optional garnish – sliced green onions


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 2- quart baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Cook the cauliflower according to the package directions and drain well.
  3. In a large bowl combine the cream cheese and bouillon. Stir to combine. Mix in the sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, and seasonings until incorporated.
  4. Add the drained cauliflower into the cream cheese mixture and stir to incorporate. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan. Set aside.
  5. Place butter in a medium skillet. Melt the butter over medium heat and add in the panko breadcrumbs. Stirring frequently, cook the breadcrumbs until lightly toasted.
  6. Sprinkle the toasted breadcrumbs on top of the cauliflower.
  7. Bake uncovered for 18 – 20 minutes.


You can store this casserole in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Using steam-in-bag microwavable cauliflower makes it even easier!

Keywords: baked cauliflower recipes, christmas side dishes, loaded cauliflower casserole, thanksgiving sides

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