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Our Cauliflower Casserole has tender cauliflower florets smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and a buttery topping baked to golden perfection.
It will cost approximately $10.34 to make this casserole. The recipe serves eight and costs about $1.29 per serving.
Cauliflower and Broccoli Casserole
The earthy and nutty flavor of the cauliflower combined with the rich and creamy sauce and salty bacon is a comforting side dish that complements almost any meal. You will enjoy making this dish because of its simplicity and versatility.
Serve this Cauliflower Casserole alongside your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter dinner. But it is simple enough to serve it for Sunday dinner or alongside any weeknight meal!
What You’ll Love About Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
- Easy To Make Recipe: This recipe is simple to follow and only takes fifteen minutes to assemble.
- Comfort Food: You will love how cozy and savory this casserole tastes.
- Texture: The cauliflower mixture is soft and creamy, with crunchy bits of bacon and a buttery bread crumb topping. The combination is unbeatable.
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 2 medium heads cauliflower – $5.16
- 6 slices bacon – $2.25
- 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup – $1.00
- ½ cup sour cream – $0.57
- ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese – $0.62
- ¼ cup crushed Ritz crackers OR panko breadcrumbs – $0.32
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter – $0.42
The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained. The pricing for this recipe was updated in September 2023.
How To Make Cauliflower Casserole
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray the baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Next, over medium-high heat, bring a large saucepan with salted water to boil.
- Then, add the cauliflower and cook for about four to five minutes, until tender.
- Drain the cauliflower and put it in a large bowl.
- Next, using a medium skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp and then place it on a paper-towel-lined plate.
- Then, when the bacon is cool, add it to the bowl of cauliflower.
- Whisk the soup, sour cream, and cheese in a small bowl, then mix it with the cauliflower and bacon.
- Season the mixture with salt and pepper and pour it into the baking dish.
- Then, melt the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and stir in the crushed Ritz crackers or panko bread crumbs.
- Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the cauliflower mixture and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Finally, garnish with parsley or chives, if desired, and serve.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Cauliflower: You can substitute other vegetables for the cauliflower, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or sweet potatoes.
- Broccoli: You can omit the broccoli and use all cauliflower.
- Bacon: You can use turkey or vegan bacon in this recipe.
- Cream of chicken soup: You can substitute other condensed cream soups for the cream of chicken soup, such as cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, or cream of broccoli soup.
- Sour cream: You can substitute other dairy products for the sour cream, such as Greek yogurt, plain yogurt, or crème fraîche.
- Sharp cheddar cheese: You can substitute other cheeses for the sharp cheddar cheese, such as Monterey Jack cheese, Colby cheese, or Gruyère cheese.
- Unsalted butter: You can substitute other cooking oils for the unsalted butter, such as olive oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil.
SERVE: As with most recipes with dairy products, you shouldn’t leave this casserole out for longer than 2 hours.
STORE: Once the casserole has cooled completely, cover it tightly with foil or plastic wrap. Place the cheesy cauliflower casserole in the refrigerator and store it for up to 3 days.
FREEZE: Once the casserole has cooled completely, wrap it tightly in two layers of plastic wrap and then in a layer of aluminum foil. Label the cauliflower casserole with the date and freeze for three months.
THAW: Remove the casserole from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. If you don’t have time to thaw the casserole overnight, you can thaw it in the microwave on defrost for 30-60 minutes or until thawed through.
REHEAT: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator and place it in a baking dish. Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated. Remove the foil and bake for 5 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Cauliflower Casserole Recipe FAQs
A casserole is typically a comfort food and reminds us of dishes our moms used to make us! We are lovers of casseroles for their ease of preparation on busy weeknights. Casseroles are made in a wide and deep baking dish, often called a casserole dish, that is then baked in the oven.
This casserole does not need to be covered. Cooking the casserole uncovered makes the top golden brown and slightly crispy.
Cook this Cauliflower Casserole at 350 degrees F for twenty-five to thirty minutes for the ideal results.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Begin teaching kitchen vocabulary to your little one. Point out the different kitchen utensils as you use each one. You can also teach them to add garnish to a recipe as they sprinkle on the parsley and chives after baking the casserole.
Ages 4-5: Ask your child to mix the butter and breadcrumbs. They can then spread the mixture over the top of the casserole for a hands-on important step in the recipe.
Ages 6-8: Let your child measure and mix the sauce ingredients. This is an excellent opportunity to reinforce the concepts of fractions in the kitchen.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe unsupervised while you do the happy dance in the corner!
If you have leftover ham, this is a great recipe to use with it to make a fresh new meal. Two meals for the price of one is great on the grocery bill!
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- cutting board
- chef's knife
- large saucepan
- large bowl
- medium skillet
- 2-quart baking dish
- 2 medium heads about 3-4 pounds cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
- 6 slices bacon
- 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup Ritz cracker crumbs OR panko breadcrumbs
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
GARNISH: (both optional)
- Parsley chopped
- Chives chopped
PREP OVEN AND PAN:
- Move the oven rack to the middle position.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Bring a large saucepan with salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Add cauliflower and cook just until tender, about 4-5 minutes.
- Drain cauliflower and add to a large bowl.
- Meanwhile, fry bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until crisp.
- Remove from the pan onto a paper towel-lined plate.
- When bacon is cool enough to handle, crumble.
- Add the bacon to a large bowl with the cauliflower.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soup, sour cream, and cheese
- Pour over cauliflower and stir to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to prepared baking dish.
- Melt the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl.
- Add Ritz crumbs or panko bread crumbs and stir to combine.
- Sprinkle the mixture over the cauliflower.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the bread crumbs are browned.
GARNISH AND SERVE:
- Garnish with parsley or chives, both optional. Serve.